You get two guitar maestros for the price of one on this classic set of duos from Though considered two acclaimed soloists in their own right, Ellis and Pass are not in competition here, but rather complement each other beautifully.
A doyen of jazz-rock and fusion, Steve Khan the son of legendary songwriter Sammy Cahn began his solo career in the late 70s and is still going strong today. It features Khan at the peak of his powers in a power trio configuration with bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer Dennis Chambers.
The music is taut and kinetic, with Khan excelling on a combination of strong originals and incendiary covers of jazz tunes by Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson and Lee Morgan. Though manifesting a commercialism that appalled some jazz purists, the presence of Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter as sidemen helped to imbue the album with a sense of gravitas. Salvatore Massaro is better known as Eddie Lang , the abundantly-talented Philadelphia-born fretboard genius who played a pivotal role in helping the guitar come to prominence as a solo instrument.
Like Charlie Christian after him, Lang died young but, in his short career, proved himself an innovator. This album brought together two Midwestern US jazz musicians — the Iowa-born veteran bassist Haden and the Missouri-born rising guitar deity Metheny — for a series of gentle, meditative soundscapes comprised of original material leavened with jazz, pop and movie-theme covers.
After a ten-year period of silence, Brazilian bossa nova legend Gilberto returned to the fray with this ten-track beauty in Their fusion-esque style was defined by the slick interchange of acoustic and electric instrumentation, which also helped to create a lush and dense harmonic platform for improv.
Released in , this was the first in a series of four albums under the Poll Winners banner that the Oklahoma guitarist made together with fellow West Coast jazz luminaries, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne, in the 50s. Co-produced and arranged by Johnny Pate, a gifted Chicago musician who would go on to score movies in the 70s, Asphalt Canyon Suite was recorded by Detroit-born Burrell in A compilation album released in , Moonlight In Vermont became the best-selling jazz album of that year.
On both ballads and uptempo material, his lucid and lean melodic lines glisten throughout this five-track album. A sideman for jazz legends Charles Mingus and Chet Baker in the 70s, and Miles Davis in the 80s, Ohio-born Scofield is a prolific and versatile guitarist with an eclectic taste in music and has enjoyed a distinguished career as a solo artist.
By , when this debut album was released, Abercrombie was fully immersed in jazz-rock, as revealed by the fusion-esque quality of the music he makes here in the company of organist Jan Hammer and drummer Jack DeJohnette who would later form the supergroup Gateway with guitarist and bassist Dave Holland. Exploratory jazz-rock at its best. After beginning his solo career at ECM in the early 80s, this peerless Maryland-born guitar maestro recorded for Nonesuch in the 90s.
Nimble-fingered and fluent in the language of bebop, Remler boasted a style that drew on the jazz tradition but also extended its boundaries. In , these two guitar greats — born three years apart — collaborated on an track jazz album playing in a quartet configuration with bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bill Stewart. A superb meeting of masters on one of the best jazz guitar albums that either recorded. Here, Di Meola showed a musical depth and level of sensitivity that revealed he was much more than a lightning-fingered speed freak.
He also recorded 34 solo albums, of which A , a quintet session recorded in , is arguably the best. This was his first outing for Riverside, recorded live in Berkeley, California, in , with a rhythm section comprised of ex-Miles Davis band members pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb plus saxophonist Johnny Griffin.
A pioneer of the nylon-stringed Spanish guitar in a jazz setting, Virginia-born Byrd was also a leading light of the bossa nova explosion and instrumental in popularising Brazilian music in the early 60s. A founder member of the long-running group Oregon, Towner played trumpet and piano to a high standard before adding the guitar to his musical armoury. His hallmark is the acoustic guitar — more specifically, the string steel-string and six-string nylon-string varieties — which he alternates between during this stunning solo recital recorded in October Evocative and spellbinding.
Spellbinder lives up to its name, with Szabo displaying his genius on a judicious mixture of originals, jazz standards and pop covers. Though he started making commercial, pop-tinged records with producer Creed Taylor at Verve in the mids, in a live setting, Montgomery reverted to a hard bop style that he was more comfortable with. With a reprise of the Full House personnel minus saxophonist Johnny Griffin Montgomery delivers another fiery live performance, this time at the Half Note club in New York.
Originally from Auburn, Maine, Breau was raised on country music but became seduced by jazz as a teenager. He developed a unique finger-picking technique and often used an unorthodox seven-string guitar. This album features Breau playing unaccompanied acoustic guitar on mainly self-penned songs, but with a couple of standards and a McCoy Tyner piece thrown in.
Distilling the melodic athleticism of bebop saxophonist Charlie Parker together with the dazzling fretboard pyrotechnics of Django Reinhardt, Pass created his own immediately identifiable sound and style here, revealing his complete and utter mastery of the guitar.
Easily one of the best jazz guitar albums in history. In the mids, Chicago-born Jordan became a global sensation with his novel approach to guitar playing, which involved using a tapping technique on the fretboard to produce an array of sounds. While his album, Magic Touch , established him as a new star of jazz guitar, Stolen Moments , released six years later, captured the excitement of Jordan live on stage in Japan.
Benson earned some success at jazz indie label CTI, but it was when he signed to Warner Bros in , and started singing on his records as well as playing guitar, that his career truly exploded. A prodigious talent who developed a uniquely eclectic sound, Metheny is accompanied by bassist extraordinaire Jaco Pastorius just before he joined fusion supergroup Weather Report and drummer Bob Moses, who offer simpatico support throughout.
A landmark record in the evolution of the genre, it more than earns its place among the best jazz guitar albums. The following year he released this, his fifth album as a leader, which stylistically bridged the swing and bebop eras, and whose material was dominated by tunes from The Great American Songbook. As well as showing off his chops as an inventive soloist, Kessel displays his skill as an accompanist, supporting the other soloists with softly strummed chords.
After their successful collaboration, Undercurrent, Hall and pianist Evans reconvened in the studio three years later for Intermodulation , which took their alchemical-like musical interactions to new heights of expression. Both musicians are so well attuned to each other as if to seem telepathic.
This Texas-born fretboard genius died in , when he was 25, but his influence and legacy has been deep and lasting. When this compilation was released in , gypsy guitar doyen Reinhardt had been dead nine years.
The music is propelled with an irresistible sense of swing and joie de vivre as the two central protagonists urge each other on to giddy heights of virtuosity. A great collection from a guitarist who established the blueprint for continental swing jazz. Though he was indebted to the horn-like phrasing of 40s jazz guitar pioneer Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery patented a distinctive style, picking notes with just his calloused right-hand thumb. As this, his third album, released in when he was 37, illustrates, his solos tended to be three-part constructions that began with single-note melodies before progressing to block chords and concluding with unison octaves.
Looking for more? Discover the best jazz guitarists of all time. Nice choices! Is a VERY important album. Also H. Charlie Christian is the father of jazz guitar to me. Good choices. Glad you put Eddie lang in the list! Sadly he seems to be forgotten many times.
He is the father of jazz guitar! Pat Martino albums should be Footprints and Consciousness. I watched an extended video featuring BB King talking about his development as a guitarist.
He said that Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt had a large influence on his style, and he went into detail as what he found in their music. BB said that he played jazz music for his own entertainment. Hank Garland is a major omission. Still, a very interesting list. And thank you for remembering Emily Remler. This is more a list of greatest guitarists, not the best albums. If it were genuine the latter, Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall would have many more albums. Thanks for sharing this beautiful list.
I do miss Egberto Gismonti in the first place. Contains everything I like music on it, nevermind guitar! Great list! Les Paul a significant omission. I love two of his arrangements in particular: Unity and Latin Quarter. One of my favorite artists! Cal Collins Should be on this list!
Wes Montgomery. Live at the Tsubo Coffee House absolutely rocks. My all time favourite. What, no Sonny Sharrock?!? Seems certain strains of jazz guitar is not ok for this list, then. Oh well…. The list seems to neglect some of the monsters of old who inspired others. This list is definitely a very subjective and narrow view to the long list of jazz guitarist. He was incredible! I love the list of the Greatest Jazz Guitar Albums.
All of them are and should be on the list. Just one player I think gets a little over looked. That player is Martin Taylor. I do see that one of his albums made the list, but there are so many other albums that Martin has made that should be on the list. Yes—Save my other items for later. No—I want to keep shopping. Order by , and we can deliver your NextDay items by. In your cart, save the other item s for later in order to get NextDay delivery. We moved your item s to Saved for Later.
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Top Brands. Store Availability. Deliver To Home. Free pickup. New Releases Last 7 Days. During and , the band, led by cornetist Nick LeRocca, recorded frequently and had changed their name to The Original Dixieland Jazz Band — partly through their success and partly because they passed it off as truth, the group became accepted as the first band to make a jazz record. The truth is that a number of other artists could make that claim. Like the ODJB, both these artists were white.
It hit New York during the winter of and once it got on Broadway it stuck. It is the newest and smartest thing in modern music. In the early days, there were Black Swan Records, ARC Records, Gennett, OKeh, Paramount and a whole host of other labels that took jazz, blues and country artists into the studio to cut records — in fact, any performer who the early music moguls thought might sell records.
Later in the year Jelly Roll Morton also went to Richmond to record some of his early classics — he always told everyone he was the first musician to record jazz. In June , Armstrong quit the Oliver band and, a few months later, in September, Fletcher Henderson, who led the most prestigious black band in America, lured him to New York.
Both jazz and blues were pop music for the majority of people living in the southern states, and for those that sought work in the industrial cities of the north. Paul Whiteman, the self-styled King Of Jazz, was leading a big band — the kind of outfit that would steadily grow in popularity over the next two decades. Whiteman had his first hit record in , and between then and he released well over records that were bestsellers. When the two brothers went their separate ways, the Jimmy Dorsey and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestras were rarely off the charts.
Radio helped spread the popularity of all the big bands: with nightly live broadcasts from the top hotels and ballrooms in New York, Chicago and other major cities, jazz was well and truly in the mainstream. The fact that recording techniques had switched from the acoustic method used by the ODJB to embrace the advances of the electric era helped to make recordings even more popular, not least because they sounded so much better.
Shows at cinemas that featured bands, singers, comedians, jugglers and acrobats, in addition to the movies, provided another showcase for what was often a whiter kind of jazz. Every one of them released record after record to capitalise on their fame and to satisfy the increasing appetite of fans, especially those who listened on jukeboxes. On the section between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, the brownstone buildings housed basement clubs where people heard a very different type of jazz from that played on the radio.
The related term jazz-samba describes an adaptation of bossa nova compositions to the jazz idiom by American performers such as Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd. The initial releases by Gilberto and the film Black Orpheus brought significant popularity in Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America , which spread to North America via visiting American jazz musicians. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Herbie Hancock emerged as an influential pianist in the s both as a leader and as part of Miles Davis 's "second great quintet".
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