Charlie-christian

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...

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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...

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Favorite and Best Jazz Guitarists: Who Are The Greats of Jazz Guitar?

The Most Influential and Favorite Jazz Guitarists of All Eras Learning about the iconic and influential jazz guitarists is important if you want to become aware of the (still ongoing) evolution of the genre. Want to put yourself in the...

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Tal Farlow (1921-1998)

Tal Farlow (Talmage Holt Farlow) is one of the pioneers of bebop style of jazz guitar playing. His interest for guitar ignited when he heard the great Charlie Christian on the radio in the early 1940's. It is said that Farlow's career as a...

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Herb Ellis (1921-2010)

Mitchell Herbert "Herb" Ellis is another contemporary of Farlow, Christian and Wes. Unlike those three though, he had an obvious country-ish influence and sound (from Dallas, Texas), even playing bebop. Ellis' swing feel, which comes from western...

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Charlie Christian (1916-1942)

Charlie Christian (Charles Henry) is the most well known of the early amplified jazz guitarists. He's considered by many to be the father of bebop guitar. We can even go as far as saying that Christian was a key figure in the development of bebop...

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