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Album Review

Since the bulk of Montgomery's greatest recordings were made for Riverside, this collection could have been better, but there's nothing about this disc that suggests it's intended to be definitive. Instead, it mixes a few of the guitarist's most famous performances ("Four on Six") with classic album tracks ("Cariba") and some downright obscure material ("Klact-Oveeseds-Tene") that was previously available only on The Complete Riverside Recordings box. It's not bad, really, although fans will find nearly all of Montgomery's Riverside albums worth exploring on their own.

Biography

Born: 06 March 1923 in Indianapolis, IN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

Wes Montgomery was one of the great jazz guitarists, a natural extension of Charlie Christian, whose appealing use of octaves became influential and his trademark. He achieved great commercial success during his last few years, only to die prematurely. It had taken Wes a long time to become an overnight success. He started to teach himself guitar in 1943 (using his thumb rather than a pick) and toured with Lionel Hampton during 1948-1950; he can be heard on a few broadcasts from the period. But...
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