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Jazz Guitarist Recommendations.

Discussion in 'music' started by wezzywest, Mar 11, 2023.

  1. wezzywest

    wezzywest pfm Member

    I have been listening to Grant Green on Tidal, and this got me thinking about other Jazz guitarists who front bands. Who else would forum members recommend, and maybe your favourite album by them.
  2. Aethelist

    Aethelist pfm Member

    Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue.
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  3. The Bish

    The Bish pfm Member

    Joe Pass, ‘For Django’
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  4. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Feelin' nearly faded as my jeans

    Wes Montgomery

    Either Bumpin' or Full House
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  5. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    I really like this Kenny Burrell album (even though all the reviews claim it's really average!) - great late night listening.

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  6. anubisgrau

    anubisgrau pfm Member

    gabor szabo


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  7. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Don’t overlook George Benson either. Too many people only know his ‘80s soul funk stuff, but he did a whole load more and is an amazing guitarist in any period.
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  8. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Also Bill Frizzell (check his work with Paul Motain on ECM, it is stunning).

    PS If you really want to get out there try Derek Bailey!
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  9. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Django Reinhardt, a genius.
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  10. Aethelist

    Aethelist pfm Member

    3 greats. Not trying to out-do each other. Just playing. The tone control. Just amazing virtuosity. I love this concert.

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  11. Euan

    Euan pfm Member

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  12. wezzywest

    wezzywest pfm Member

    Thanks for all recommendations, i will check out all of them. I have had a recent epiphany for Jazz and whereas most of my listening has been piano, trumpet or Sax led bands, it got me thinking about guitarists who lead a band. So these replies are really helpful. Cheers.
  13. wezzywest

    wezzywest pfm Member

    I have just checked out the line up and had a quick listen, i will have a full listen tomorrow. This will be amazing, Thanks.
  14. Alex N

    Alex N pfm Member


    I rather like Sonny Sharrock, first heard on Pharoah Sanders’ awesome Tauhid. Alternatively, Sonny’s solo debut, Black Woman, is another way of jumping in.
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  15. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    Honestly I could listen to Django for days at a time. Obviously the Hot Club recordings are where it's at but it's all wonderful.
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  16. Colin L

    Colin L High-tech low-life

    Frisell Tony please. tut tut.

    Yes, the Motian work is stunning especially “You took the words right out of my heart”, but his solo and small ensemble work is superb too. The recent albums with Thomas Morgan on bass are excellent and the live East West albums a little less Jazz focussed but also stellar.

    I like Bill, a lot. (52 albums and counting) :D
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  17. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Me too, I ate one sour too.

    If you're looking for stuff in the same vein as Grant Green, the two obvious candidates would be George Benson and Wes Montgomery, which have already been mentioned. But two lesser known, and slightly funkier, people to listen to might be Boogaloo Joe Jones and Melvin Sparks, who recorded extensively for Prestige in the late 60's and early 70's.

  18. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Me too, I ate one sour too.

    Bit of George Benson for those only familiar with his vocal stuff:

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  19. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Me too, I ate one sour too.

    And Sonny Phillips, with Joe Jones and Bernard Purdie:

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  20. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

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