Great Guitarists #6: Django Reinhardt

This installment features the only artist in this week-long mini series to hail from outside of the USA. But boy, did he leave his mark on jazz, with an influence that stretches far beyond the guitar… Django Reinhardt Jean ‘Django’ Reinhardt was born in a Romany Gypsy camp in Belgium, 1910, moving to Paris withContinue reading “Great Guitarists #6: Django Reinhardt”

Great Guitarists #5: Charlie Christian

Many of the jazz guitarists featured so far will have been influenced by today’s Great Guitarist. Not only one of the foundations of how jazz guitar can be played & appreciated, but also one of the innovators behind bebop… Charlie Christian As one of the first players to ensure the guitar was taken seriously asContinue reading “Great Guitarists #5: Charlie Christian”

Great Guitarists #4: Kenny Burrell

Today we look at the man behind one of my favourite jazz albums of all time… Kenny Burrell Kenny Burrell, at the Midnight Blue sessions, 1963 Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1931, and into a musical family, Burrell has been recording and performing on the guitar since the start of the 1950’s. Burrell’s recording debutContinue reading “Great Guitarists #4: Kenny Burrell”

Great Guitarists #3: George Benson

Today’s player has a connection to my first featured player, Earl Klugh, and is another guitarist influenced by Wes Montgomery. Any guesses? Read on… George Benson Born in 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Benson started performing at the age if eight, and recorded his first single a year later, although it did not garner much successContinue reading “Great Guitarists #3: George Benson”

Great Guitarists #2: Barney Kessel

Welcome back to my Great Guitarists mini series (you can read my previous piece, on Earl Klugh, here). Today, allow me to introduce you to my favourite guitar player of all time… Barney Kessel Kessel on the early eighties (l) & mid-forties (r) While Kessel might not be the most recognisable face or name toContinue reading “Great Guitarists #2: Barney Kessel”

Great Guitarists #1: Earl Klugh

In this series, I’ve selected artists who have been both an inspiration and influence on my own guitar playing or musical practice. I’ll try to include a few details about them as well as a track for ‘essential listening’. I hope you get something out of it. Do feel free to comment on my picksContinue reading “Great Guitarists #1: Earl Klugh”