Ten albums which helped shape me as a guitarist

I was recently tagged in a Facebook challenge by my friend David, in which you post 10 albums which have informed your early musical tastes. I find things like this almost impossible. It’s so personal, but based on hundreds of musical memories. How do you select just ten LPs from years of discovering & listeningContinue reading “Ten albums which helped shape me as a guitarist”

Great Guitarists #8: Freddie Green

Unlike most of the guitar players I have profiled previously in this series, the jazz man featured in this installment was not a soloist, or a innovator in the genre, or his instrument. But what he did do, he did brilliantly. So brilliantly, he kept the same gig for well over four decades… Freddie Green FreddieContinue reading “Great Guitarists #8: Freddie Green”

Great Guitarists #7: Wes Montgomery

As we arrive at part seven in this occasional series, there is one Great Guitarist left to feature, one who is up there with Charlie Christian  and Django Reinhardt as one of the most influential jazz guitar players of all time. Since I’ve focused this short run of articles on jazz guitar players, it isContinue reading “Great Guitarists #7: Wes Montgomery”

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”