Top-5 Charlie Christian Solos

Top-5 Charlie Christian Solos

I’d like to share with you some examples of the Charlie Christian solos that resonate with me musically. There are many opinions to be shared amongst us jazz guitarists. One thing we all seem to agree on however, is that one of the first prodigies of jazz guitar is none other than Charlie Christian. As a guitar-playing teenager, I spent my time playing Rock-n-Roll music. Later … [Click Here to Read more]

Charlie Christian Untold

Charlie Christian Untold

What can be said about Charlie Christian that hasn’t already been dutifully noted in the jazz guitar log book? A light that shone brightly and briefly, his death at the age of 25 left a frustratingly small discography that fans have pored over in detail while extracting as much information as possible. His groundbreaking playing and concepts laid the path for all future practitioners of … [Click Here to Read more]

Lenny Breau Untold

Lenny Breau Untold

Perhaps one of the greatest jazz guitarists ever, Lenny Breau was anything but a purist and drew on a huge variety of influences including flamenco, classical music, Indian ragas, and of course, his true pedigree as the son of a pair of traveling Country musicians. Breau practiced obsessively from a very early age and dropped out of grade school to go on the road with … [Click Here to Read more]

Ed Bickert Untold

Ed Bickert Untold

Toronto jazz legend Ed Bickert is (like many Canadian treasures) little known outside of the rarefied world of jazz guitar aficionados and Telecaster obsessives the world over. But his influence is far reaching. So many guitarists from Canada have absorbed elements of his sophisticated and understated style that it’s likely he has had an effect on guitarists everywhere whether they even realize it or not. … [Click Here to Read more]

George Benson Untold

George Benson Untold

If I correctly recall the liner notes of a vinyl record I had as a kid, a young George Benson spent the time in the van in between tour dates with Jack McDuff lying on top of the B3 organ practicing relentlessly. He got the gig based on his sheer musicality and the fact that he could sing and was a showman. As Benson told … [Click Here to Read more]

Joe Pass Untold

Joe Pass Untold

There’s a special place in the pantheon of jazz guitarists for Joseph Anthony Passalaqua. We call him Joe Pass and for many, he is the definitive model of the “complete” jazz guitar player. Fusing rhythmic and melodic approaches, his compelling solo guitar style develops at a time when most players are using either rhythm or melody — but rarely both at the same time. Legend … [Click Here to Read more]

Kenny Burrell Untold

Kenny Burrell Untold

Born in 1931 in Detroit, Michigan, Kenny Burrell is one of jazz guitar’s more singular artists. While of the same generation as guitarists like Joe Pass, Jim Hall, and Jimmy Raney, his sound came out of different musical experiences and a particular geographical reality. Let’s see what we can learn from Kenny Burrell. Play the Blues. (Like you mean it.) Detroit’s musical environment assured that … [Click Here to Read more]

Jim Hall Untold

Jim Hall Untold

Jim Hall was arguably the most musical jazz guitarist of 20th century. His playing was at once grounded in tradition, and forward thinking. And that, even though jazz was still a young art form when he first picked up a guitar. He developed a style that was devoid of clichés and rich in musicality rather than mere guitar pyrotechnics. A true member of any ensemble, … [Click Here to Read more]

George Benson Top-5 Solos

George Benson Top-5 Solos

Everyone will have a different set of parameters for defining and choosing their favorite solos by an artist. I’m not even sure that I can articulate my own reasons for picking these solos by George Benson as my TOP 5. But I’m going to try. My first exposure to to Benson (like about 9 billion other people) was his massively successful crossover album Breezin’ . … [Click Here to Read more]

Kenny Burrell Top-5 Albums

Kenny Burrell Top-5 Albums

Choosing 5 definitive albums by Kenny Burrell is a pretty daunting task. He was so prolific as a leader (and perhaps even more so as a sideman) that sifting through his massive catalogue becomes almost overwhelming. There’s some serious gold in there though, so here we go. As always, YMMV, and this list is coloured by my own experiences and discographical (is that even a … [Click Here to Read more]

Joe Pass’ Top-5 Solo Albums

Joe Pass’ Top-5 Solo Albums

Guitar icon Joe Pass was prolific in terms of his recorded output and more than made up for a drug-related “lost decade” at the very beginning of his burgeoning career. Emerging from the haze of addiction and incarceration, Pass jumped seemingly headlong into a busy career as a sideman and as a leader. But it would seem that he will be best remembered for recordings … [Click Here to Read more]

Jim Hall’s Top-5 Jazz Guitar Albums

Jim Hall’s Top-5 Jazz Guitar Albums

All Across The City While it goes without saying that Jim Hall’s recorded output is almost perfectly curated, obviously some gems shine brighter than others. This outing from 1989 was my entry point into everything elsehe ever did as I worked back from 1989 and continued to keep up with most of his work into the 90s. AATC was beautifully recorded (I have or had it … [Click Here to Read more]

Wes Montgomery’s Top-5 Jazz Guitar Solos

Wes Montgomery’s Top-5 Jazz Guitar Solos

Nothing is left to be said about the legendary Wes Montgomery. He single-handedly (and humbly) defined the role of the guitar as a jazz and bebop instrument. And nobody else (before, during or after) had such an impact on the guitar scene. Montgomery brought forward his incredible octave technique, his right thumb plucking style, and much, much more in the music of the 1960’s. Simply … [Click Here to Read more]