Wes Montgomery with Wynton Kelly: Four on Six


Four on Six


Wynton Kelly Trio


Smokin' at the Half Note (Verve V6 8633)

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Wes Montgomery (guitar), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums).

Composed by Wes Montgomery


Recorded: Live at the Half Note, New York, June 1965


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

With its catchy bass intro by the unmistakable Paul Chambers, comped in perfect sync by Wynton Kelly's piano, this Montgomery-penned smoker delivers nonstop swing from the very first note. Jimmy Cobb's sure snare and cymbal work drive the relentless beat to its natural level while Chambers anchors throughout. Montgomery's patented octave chording takes over in a stirring solo only to be followed by Kelly's brilliantly dancing response on the ivories. This piano man can surely swing. Chambers offers up a signature bowed bass solo that could easily slow the tempo, but somehow it just allows the tune to temporarily simmer, followed by a brilliantly counterpointed drum solo from the normally reserved Cobb. This is one group that plays completely in sync. Throughout, the normally showcased Montgomery seems, for once, to be seamlessly integrated into the total band concept and to great effect. The totality of purpose that these musicians so effectively demonstrate serves this classic well.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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