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and no one has mentioned the great Martin Taylor
Tal Wilkenfield (sp?) - Transformation
The Reverend Lord Henry was not one of those new-fangled parsons who carry the principles of their vocation uncomfortably into private life.
John Jorgenson's various gypsy jazz outings are pretty easy to get into but still full of amazing guitar.
Bireli Lagrene comes out the gypsy jazz tradition but incorporates other styles. Just amazing.
Breeding mammals with insects is my personal bugbear.
I would recommend Facing West and Rain River from Pat Metheny's 1992 album Secret Story. Some wonderful jazz playing on there.
My name is Connor and I have a GAS problem.
I also have some videos of myself playing guitar. Here they are.
I'd recommend the following:
Lee Ritenour - Six String Theory
Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather - No Substitutions Live
Bill Frisell - Nashville
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew, Live Evil, On The Corner, A Tribute To Jack Johnston, In A Silent Way
John Coltrane - My Favourite Things
Quite surprised no one has mentioned Kurt Rosenwinkel yet... Some of Kurt's albums which I like are:
The Enemies of Energy
The Next Step
The Remedy Live At The Village Vanguard
East Coast Love Affair
For Jazz fusion, try Billy Cobham's Spectrum with Tommy Bolin on guitar.
Let's see now *rifles through CD collection*:
Kenny Burrell-Midnight Blue,
" Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane
" Laid Back
" Blues, the Common Ground
" Introducing Kenny Burrell
Grant Green-Street of Dreams
" Idle Moments
Wes Montgomery-Round Midnight
Barney Kessel-Kessel Plays Standards
John Scofield-Works for Me
Django Reinhardt-The Classic Early Recordings (5 CD set you can pick up for next to nothing. Every guitarist needs this!)
Last edited by AndrewG; 25th August 2010 at 09:58 AM.
Are all these suggestions of artists useful? Without context? Jazz is a big field and there are loads of Jazz guitarists in very distinctive genres. I think all of us picked our own route and it's very personal - but the lists you'd be left with (taking every recommendation is a lifetimes work).
How about agreeing 3 CDs that are a good start and 3 different styles and 3 different artists and 3 different guitarists that we'd all agree are pivotal to jazz? We'll never agree but rather than a frankly overwhelming variety of recommendations we might have just a few we agree mostly on - which might be more enlightening.
In the hope that this catches on, I'll start - my recommendations would be:
Genius of the Electric Guitar
Giant Steps (with out-takes - to illustrate the mechanisms of improvisation)
Thelonious Monk (pick the right stuff and you get Coltrane and Davis for free :^),
Billie Holiday (the most fun way to learn standards),
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