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    Hi, im looking for some jazz guitar players to listen.

    Not the big names we all know (Montgomery, Benson, Christian, Joe Pass, Pat Martino, Burrel, etc).

    More regular players, but great musicians. Im more focused into listen music where the guitar player is the leader (as solo, or with other instruments too).

    What you recommend me ?

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    Here are 3 of my favorites in the solo fingerstyle guitar category who might not have heard of. They are all also equally proficient playing with a pick.

    Tim Lerch
    Sean McGowan
    Walter Rodrigues Jr.

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    Howard Alden
    Jack Wilkins
    Peter Bernstein
    Bruce Foreman
    Joe Cohn
    Chris Flory
    There are more, but that's all I can remember off the top of my head with less than a cup of coffee in the morning.

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    Ed Cherry
    Chris Flory
    Bobby Broom

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    pasquale grasso
    White belt
    My Youtube

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    Lenny Breau, Ted Greene.

    Edit: eh, they are well known also, sorry

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    Linc Chamberland
    John Stowell (a student of ^)
    Rene Thomas
    Sonny Sharrock

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    Quote Originally Posted by emanresu View Post
    Lenny Breau, Ted Greene.

    Edit: eh, they are well known also, sorry
    Yea, i know those, heh.

    -
    Thanks, thanks, thanks, going to check them. If any other wants to drop more names, would be well received.

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    Nigel price, just released an album with the sax player vasilis xenopoulos called ‘sidekicks’ which is very good.

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    How could I forget Andy Brown? I blame it on lack of adequate caffeine.
    Gerry Beaudoin
    All of the New West Guitar Group
    Graham Dechter
    Randy Napoleon
    Nate Najar

    For more of a western swing vibe:
    Whit Smith
    Rich O'Brien

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    I just saw Sheryl Bailey live and thought she was spectacular. I picked up her album "Meeting of Minds" at the show have been listening to it a lot the past two days - it's really good. Highly recommended. Organ trio with Guitar as leader. The drummer is awesome. Good sound quality too.

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    There are so many great players.

    Lorne Lofsky
    Chico Pinheiro
    Vic Juris
    Birelli Lagrene

    And, if just in case you haven't listened to the following ...

    Jim Hall
    Kenny Burrell
    Wes Montgomery
    Charlie Christian
    Django Reinhart

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    Sam Kirmayer: Sam Kirmayer

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    not sure i'd describe these guys as "regular" but love listening to Jeff Parker, Mike Moreno, and Gilad hekselman

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    Quote Originally Posted by man-argentina View Post
    Hi, im looking for some jazz guitar players to listen.

    Not the big names we all know (Montgomery, Benson, Christian, Joe Pass, Pat Martino, Burrel, etc).

    More regular players, but great musicians. Im more focused into listen music where the guitar player is the leader (as solo, or with other instruments too).

    What you recommend me ?
    It's always difficult to know whom others think of as big names, but here are a few you might not be aware of.

    Steve Masakowski
    Gene Bertoncini
    Jimmy Ponder
    John Hart
    Pete McCann

    John

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    muris varajic..all styles .. amazing player

    chris standring..not that well known but a very melodic player

    chuck loeb...he died recently..a very tasty player..guitarist with the group FourPlay

    these guys should inspire you..they gave me many musical ideas
    play well ...
    wolf

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    Actually these are big names, but:

    John McLaughlin

    Larry Coryell

    Pat Metheny

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    Chris Crocco, Nate Radley, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Ben Monder, Adam Rogers, Steve Cardenas ... there are so many!
    Last edited by marcwhy; 12-08-2018 at 04:57 PM.

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    Ronnie Singer? Ronnie Singer
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    Ed Bickert
    Barry Greene
    Bruce Forman
    Adam Rogers
    Jonathan Kreisberg
    Mick Goodrick
    Last edited by cosmic gumbo; 12-09-2018 at 10:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell View Post
    How could I forget Andy Brown? ...
    Might as well add Kenny Poole too.

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    Well, there are tons of great guitarists who are no longer alive. I was trying to stick to living, playing guitarists. It's still very hard to narrow them down, there are so many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell View Post
    Well, there are tons of great guitarists who are no longer alive. I was trying to stick to living, playing guitarists. It's still very hard to narrow them down, there are so many.
    I categorise living guitarists as men with hats, men without hats, and women. Men with hats tend to be on that retro groove which sees jazz as a form of cool; they often wear waistcoats as well. Men without hats generally understand that this is the 21st century and play modern music. Women for the most part have been overlooked but should not be. I recommend Sheryl Bailey, Deidre Cartwright and, especially, Mary Halvorson.

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    Some not mentioned
    Jonathan Kriesberg

    Earl Klugh

    Tuck Andress

    jostein gulbrandsen

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    My suggestion would be to download one of the free streaming music services and listen to jazz stations from all over the world. You are sure to hear a lot of musicians you are unfamiliar with, then you can explore further the ones that interest you. That is one of the ways I used to discover not only jazz guitarists, but types of jazz I had not heard before. Enjoy the process!

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    John Scofield
    Jessy van Ruller
    Adam Rogers

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    Not sure they're 'regular players', but I'd add Julian Lage, Miles Okazaki, Anthony Wilson & Kurt Rosenwinkle.

    As an old guy who listened to all the other old guys, I find these younger players encouraging and amazing. Along with what's been listed so far it's quite a crop. Could be an illusion, but it seems to me there's more jazz guitar talent out there than there was 50 years ago. Maybe it's just easier to find?

    Oh... and Martin Taylor... and Sonny Greenwich...and Joe Diorio...

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    Timo Kämäräinen,Teemu Viinikainen. One can surprise even when expecting a surprise, the other just got better and better over time.

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    I found some Harry Leahey records recently I never heard before. Great player.

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    Someone posted this review and recommendation for must-listen-to guitar albums:

    30 albums every guitarist should own | MusicRadar
    --Jay

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayv999 View Post
    Someone posted this review and recommendation for must-listen-to guitar albums:

    30 albums every guitarist should own | MusicRadar
    The OP was asking for JAZZ guitarists. Only six of those guitarists were jazz guitarists.
    Courtesy of The Jazz Police...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteE View Post
    Nigel price, just released an album with the sax player vasilis xenopoulos called ‘sidekicks’ which is very good.
    Nigel’s great. Here’s a tune of mine I recorded with him a couple of years back. I come in towards the end of the solo, but it’s basically him wailing.



    Kit Massey on violin. Hope you enjoy!

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    If you were to present a historical sequence, or tree, of jazz guitar, who and in what order? I'm trying to think of the most influential players and those who define a style.

    I'd suggest Eddie Lang might be a reasonable starting point.

    Van Eps and Allan Reuss for the unamplified solo sound of the 30s.

    Then Charlie Christian.

    Where does Lonnie Johnson belong?

    Oscar Moore comes to mind, but I don't know how influential he was.

    Then the generation who began with Charlie -- Wes, Joe, Barney, Kenny, Jimmy, Jim, Chuck.

    After that, things diverge, but certainly Metheny. Sco, ...

    That's as far as I'll go for the moment. Apologies to all the great players I didn't think of. And, I don't think I'm qualified to comment on today's cutting edge, because I don't listen to that much guitar music any more.

    Suggestions?

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    Joe Puma
    Steve Brown
    Joe Cinderella
    Dick Garcia
    Barry Galbraith
    Lorne Lofsky
    Reg Schwager
    James Chirillo
    Ron Eschete
    Cal Collins
    Ray Crawford
    Larry Koonse
    Buddy Fite
    Sal salvador
    mundell Lowe
    Terry Smith
    Rene Thomas
    chuck wayne
    Al Gafa
    Jimmy Gourley
    Charlie Byrd
    Oscar Moore
    John Collins
    John Gray
    George Barnes
    Gabor Szabo
    Atilla Zoller
    Dennis Budimir
    Billy Bean
    John Pisano
    Billy Bauer
    Rune Gustaffson
    Joe Diorio
    Ted Dunbar
    Calvin Keyes

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    Jimmy Bruno

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    Mimi Fox is another good guitarist who happens to be a woman.

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    Nir Felder
    Mike Moreno
    Dan Wilson

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    Rene Thomas
    Philip Catherine
    Martin Taylor
    Rune Gustafsson (he did an album for Pablo with Zoot Sims that needs to be heard).

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    Depends on the style you're looking for, but...:

    Larry Carlton
    Lee Ritenour
    Royce Campbell
    Al DiMeola
    Jeff Golub (R.I.P.)
    Andy Brown
    Jonathan Kreisberg
    Steve Laury
    Russ Freeman
    Julio Fernandez
    Midnight Blues

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    Putting this up again, if any have some name think it should be listened, share.

    PD: no names like... Billy Bean, we all know Billy Bean ! Or Pisano or Ed Bicker or Herb Ellis. Someone you know its not so much known.

    Cheers.

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    The great Europeans are among the very best in the world. Some have been listed earlier (Bireli Lagrene, Jesse van Ruller, Pasquale Grasso)

    Louis Stewart
    Ulf Wakenius
    Andreas Oberg
    Martijn van Iterson (a must listen)

    And there's more of course.

    DB

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    Martín Taylor
    Ted Greene
    Russell Malone
    Peter Bernstein
    Tim Lerch
    John Pizzarelli
    Matt Munisteri
    Antoine Boyer
    Julian Lage

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    Mathew Stevens


    Matt's solo starts around 3:00

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    I just discovered Yosi Levy, and on the basis of just a few videos he's become my favorite living solo guitarist. I don't know of anyone playing improvisatory counterpoint like he does along with his adventurous harmony, mastery of the fretboard and great chops. He leaves the more buttoned-down Martin Taylor in the dust, IMO.

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    Andy Brown
    Howard Alden
    Bruce Forman
    Whit Smith
    Rich O'Brien
    Neal Alger

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    Larry Koonse