Benson earned some success at jazz indie label CTI, but it was when he signed to Warner Bros inand started singing on his records as well as playing guitar, that his career truly exploded. A prodigious talent who developed a uniquely eclectic sound, Metheny is accompanied by bassist extraordinaire Jaco Pastorius just before he joined fusion supergroup Weather Report and drummer Bob Moses, who offer simpatico support throughout. A landmark record in the evolution of the genre, it more than earns its place among the best jazz guitar albums.
The following year he released this, his fifth album as a leader, which stylistically bridged the swing and bebop eras, and whose material was dominated by tunes from The Great American Songbook. As well as showing off his chops as an inventive soloist, Album) displays his skill as an accompanist, supporting the other soloists with softly strummed chords.
After their successful collaboration, Undercurrent, Hall and pianist Evans reconvened in the studio three years later for Intermodulationwhich took their alchemical-like musical interactions to new heights of expression. Both musicians are so well attuned to each other as if to seem telepathic. This Texas-born fretboard genius died inwhen he was 25, but his influence and legacy has been deep and lasting. When this compilation was released inAll Blues - Manhattan Jazz Orchestra - Great Jazz Hits (CD, gypsy guitar doyen Reinhardt had been dead nine years.
The music is propelled with an irresistible sense of swing and joie de vivre as the two central protagonists urge each other on to giddy heights of virtuosity. A great collection from a guitarist who established the blueprint for continental swing jazz. Though he was indebted to the horn-like phrasing of 40s jazz guitar pioneer Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery patented a distinctive style, picking notes with just his calloused right-hand thumb.
As this, his third album, released in when he was 37, illustrates, his solos tended to be three-part constructions that began with single-note melodies before progressing to block chords and concluding with unison octaves. Looking for more? Discover the best jazz guitarists of all time. Nice choices! Is a VERY important album. Also H. Charlie Christian is the father of jazz guitar to me. Good choices. Glad you put Eddie lang in the list!
Sadly he seems to be forgotten many times. He is the father of jazz guitar! Pat Martino albums should be Footprints and Consciousness. I watched an extended video featuring BB King talking about his development as a guitarist.
He said that Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt had a large influence on his style, and he went into detail as what he found in their music. BB said that he played jazz music for his own entertainment. Hank Garland is a major omission. Still, a very interesting list. And thank you for remembering Emily Remler. This is more a list of greatest guitarists, not the best albums.
If it were genuine the latter, Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall would have many more albums. Thanks Album) sharing this beautiful list. I do miss Egberto Gismonti in the first place.
Contains everything I like music on it, nevermind guitar! Great list! Les Paul a significant omission. I love two of his arrangements in particular: Unity and Latin Quarter.
One of my favorite artists! Cal Collins Should be on this list! Wes Montgomery. Live at the Tsubo Coffee House absolutely rocks. My all time favourite. What, no Sonny Sharrock?!? Seems certain strains of jazz guitar is not ok for this list, then. Oh well…. The list seems to neglect some of the monsters of old who inspired others. This list is definitely a very subjective and narrow view to the long list of jazz guitarist.
He was incredible! I love the list of the Greatest Jazz Guitar Albums. All of them are and should be on the list. Just one player I think gets a little over looked. That player is Martin Taylor. I do see that one of his albums made the list, but there are so many other albums that Martin has made that should be on the list.
Check out his solo albums. Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, — I see Martin Taylor is mentioned in a comment but he sure needs to be on any list of great jazz guitarists. Teddy Bunn in the Spirits of Rhythm was amazing. He also played with Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton and a number of other well known jazz bands. He settled for many years with Louis Jordan.
He played single notes with his thumb similar to how Wes did it. Not strictly a jazz guitar compilation, and a bit too heavy on the fusion. Same with one of my favorites, Holdsworth. Glad to see Wes well represented, to me THE benchmark of what a jazz guitarist should aspire to.
Glad to see some other jazz greats listed, but Pat Martino and Lenny Breau were seriously under represented and far more important to jazz guitar than some who were listed more than once or the non genre players. There were also some other comments that mentioned Chuck Wayne,among others. There were also some comments by others that mentioned Chuck Wayne,Lenny Breau.
Do you have any idea what jazz is…no…thought so. John — agree with you — if we eliminated jazz influenced rock players like Holdsworth from the list, we could include others who are more deserving, like Garland, Bruno, Breau.
Kudos on the list. I would have chose a lot of different records myself. Lenny Breau was brilliant ,and Oscar Aleman from Brazil some of his time said he was better than Django who he had met and performed with.
From Australia the great jazz guitariat James Muller recorded the album Kaboom that should be part of this list for sure …. Not mentioned at all is one the most creative jazz guitarist ever.
Little known by the general jazz guitar public, but highly respected by all the great jazz guitar players. Truly innovative and one of the most musical guitar players ever.
His name is Mick Goodrick. Give him Album) listen. He presently teaches at Breklee College of Music. Played with Gary Burton and many others.
A mi me cuesta quedarme con uno solo de estos artistas. That very nature means that sales are more important than musicianship and the importance of listening and learning. There are many others. Jobim All Blues - Manhattan Jazz Orchestra - Great Jazz Hits (CD play guitar, flute and a few other things, but his instrument was the piano. In addition, he died insisting that Bossa Nova was inspired, not by jazz, but by Afro-Brazilian rhythms and French Impressionism.
Everyone always overlooks the great Baden Powell. He is a far more versatile and accomplished player than gilberto although i adore his work and his playing. Any number of his albums is more than worthy to be on this list. You need something of Joe Becks on here. Here Argentina there are others greats players like Luis Salinas, Valentino play fingerpicking like your Album) Wes Motgomery and others onli for call two.
Varady may well be remembered someday as one of the great -someday! Does not belong on the list when far more important players — Stochelo Rosenberg, Jimmy Bruno etal. The list would need to make a distinction between performers and composers, as well. If Intermodulation Evans — HallUndercurrent is even better. Whoever put it together has very limited and pervert knowledge of jazz guitar. Holdsworth not a jazz player? He represents the epitome of the spirit of what jazz music is really all about….
The only reason you would call him a rock player is because his guitar is distorted. Pro tip: listen to the actual pitches he produced over chord changes. Imagine that…. Coltrane of the guitar. Right, Holdsworth is a rock guitarist with tremendous chops. Not a jazz guitarist, but influenced by jazz. Please check the work of Australian Tommy Emmanuel. He and Martin Taylor are two of the very best contemporary fingerpickers around.
Nice list! Kenny Burrell really shone with Coltrane and also brought out the best in Trane on that album. Why are you making posts making it appear that the late Ornette Coleman AND Blue Note records have anuthing at all to do with your idiotic lists? Kurt Rosenwinkel should have more album on this list. In the 80 Everybody wanted too play like pat. Kurt Rosenwinkel also. Kurt Needs more love! I feel George Barnes needs to be listed here. He was such an inventive guitarist and fabulous musician and he had one of the most recognizable sounds in jazz!
He inspired everyone that ever heard him play! Jazz is beautiful, along with blues so truly American, but I will always prefer combos with a guitar player. Charlie Christian Invented lead electric playing as we know it.
Absolutely indispensable. Kenny Burrell Nobody mixed jazz and blues any better than Kenny Burrell, and his work has remained stellar until this day, where he has recorded live gigs at 85 years old and still blows minds. He truly is an American music legend.
The best overall guitarist of all time. Wes Montgomery Anybody who places any player above Montgomery as far as pure jazz playing goes is a fool. No jazz player was more influential, and nobody was as innovative and brilliant in octave picking and advanced chord comping.
There is a longer version on a four volume set that goes on well over 20 minutes, but even the 10 minutes here is pure magic as Young and Hendrix create a jam that somehow fuses jazz, blues, and rock like nobody ever did before or since. It is pure transcendence. Lyle Mays — Street Dreams Best known as longtime Pat Metheny Group member, keyboard player, Mays, brings so much invention and sheer class to this album of modern jazz.
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