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”

Upcycled music: my custom-built, eco-friendly classical guitar

Those of you who follow me on Twitter may be aware that I recently had a new classical guitar custom made for me by Neil McHardy Guitars in Cumbria. Here’s some details and a closer look… McHardy’s eco-friendly mindset Neil works alone and handbuilds his guitars to order. His offset sound hole design came fromContinue reading “Upcycled music: my custom-built, eco-friendly classical guitar”