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  • John Scofield

    124 10.29%
  • Bill Frisell

    81 6.72%
  • Django Reinhardt

    150 12.45%
  • Wes Montgomery

    336 27.88%
  • Jim Hall

    160 13.28%
  • Joe Pass

    268 22.24%
  • Pat Metheny

    155 12.86%
  • Kurt Rosenwinkel

    75 6.22%
  • John Mclaughlin

    63 5.23%
  • John Abercrombie

    27 2.24%
  • Lee Ritenour

    25 2.07%
  • Pat Martino

    104 8.63%
  • Tal Farlow

    62 5.15%
  • Barney Kessel

    91 7.55%
  • Allan Holdsworth

    57 4.73%
  • George Benson

    143 11.87%
  • Grant Green

    120 9.96%
  • Jimmy Raney

    49 4.07%
  • Charlie Christian

    76 6.31%
  • Kenny Burrell

    157 13.03%
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  1. #301

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop View Post
    Wes and Kenny 1&2. All is right with the world.
    Joe Pass is #2 on this poll: Django is 3rd. Kenny and Metheny are tied for 4th\5th.
    Last edited by jameslovestal; 05-14-2021 at 03:28 PM.

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  3. #302

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    Quote Originally Posted by jameslovestal View Post
    Joe Pass is #2 on this poll: Django is 3rd. Kenny and Metheny are tied for 4th\5th.
    I know. It’s a poll which is meaningless.

  4. #303

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    My favorite guitarist right now is Emily Remler. Why is she not in the list?
    Another notable omission is Lenny Breau.

  5. #304

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tal_175 View Post
    My favorite guitarist right now is Emily Remler. Why is she not in the list?
    Another notable omission is Lenny Breau.
    There needs to be two more polls; one that ask how many guitarist should be listed (there are 20 now), and another about who should be listed.

    Of course, I'm joking, but a poll with a fixed-listing of choices is flawed from the start.

  6. #305

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    I'd have Mike Stern and Danny Gatton... Also George Golla.

    But an excellent representative list.

  7. #306

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    This poll was started in 2007, two years before Julian Lage's first album as leader, a year before Mary Halvorson's debut. Lage Lund had made one album.

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    How is Johnny Smith not on this list???

  9. #308

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruger9 View Post
    How is Johnny Smith not on this list???
    I went back and read the first post by the user that created this poll and here is what was said:

    "Sorry for any shortcomings of this poll, it is only guitarists and obviously there is more than ten around, but thats the max option".

    Note that now there are 20 guitarist listed so that "max option" must have changed from 10 to 20.

    While I would have included Johnny Smith in a listing of 20 jazz guitarist, the overall problem is that there is a list to begin with, but that is the easily way to conduct such a poll; much more difficult for the software being used to allow "write in" choices.

  10. #309

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    Been listening to Johnny Smith, "The Sounds Of Guitar." Wonderful player. Should be on the list...along with a couple hundred more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jumpnblues View Post
    Been listening to Johnny Smith, "The Sounds Of Guitar." Wonderful player. Should be on the list...along with a couple hundred more.
    Agree; The problem as I noted above is that there has to be a list to begin with, but allowing write-in choices is much more difficult to program.

  12. #311

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    Quote Originally Posted by jameslovestal View Post
    Agree; The problem as I noted above is that there has to be a list to begin with, but allowing write-in choices is much more difficult to program.

    It's still an interesting list.

  13. #312

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    Quote Originally Posted by jumpnblues View Post
    It's still an interesting list.
    Yea, the creator made an effort to bring in jazz guitarist from different styles and eras, but that also means top notch 50s guitarist like Johnny Smith, aren't included to limit the number of 50s guitarist on the list.

    The general problem with a list of fixed choices (like 20 here) is when one says "how can they not be part of this list", this leads to "who should they replace in this list".

    E.g. Should Johnny Smith replace Jimmy Raney or Tal Farlow?

  14. #313

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    The list was compiled in 2007 and doubtless reflects the tastes of that time. Johnny Smith perhaps was not quite as respected then as he is now. Certainly, he has received growing attention and reassessment in recent years.

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    So I picked monty and Burrell.

    I listen to Kenny B by far the most, mainly because the quality of the other players on his albums is so high, e.g. if uve not heard it check out earthy, Art Farmer runs it!

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    There are so many guitarists I love listening to, but I think these are my top 3. Who knows, maybe tomorrow is different.

    1. Allan Holdsworth
    2. Pat Metheny
    3. Kurt Rosenwinkel

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwilliams View Post
    There are so many guitarists I love listening to, but I think these are my top 3. Who knows, maybe tomorrow is different.

    1. Allan Holdsworth
    2. Pat Metheny
    3. Kurt Rosenwinkel
    Are you under age 50 (or so)? I ask because there was an interesting article I was reading that one can often determine someone's age based on their favorites musicians, bands, movies etc...

    E.g. how many are into things that were created before they were born?

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    It’s great to see that Wes is so well received here. He’s been dead for 54 years and yet he’s still leading polls! Wes lives!

  19. #318

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    Quote Originally Posted by jameslovestal View Post
    Are you under age 50 (or so)? I ask because there was an interesting article I was reading that one can often determine someone's age based on their favorites musicians, bands, movies etc...

    E.g. how many are into things that were created before they were born?
    I am, actually! Haha! But I do love, of course, Charlie Christian, Joe Pass, Jim Hall, etc... It's just that Allan, Pat, and Kurt, I guess they were just around, so naturally, I would be listening to them more often. This is an interesting topic, though, how depending on when you were born, you will be influenced by certain things more than others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwilliams View Post
    I am, actually! Haha! But I do love, of course, Charlie Christian, Joe Pass, Jim Hall, etc... It's just that Allan, Pat, and Kurt, I guess they were just around, so naturally, I would be listening to them more often. This is an interesting topic, though, how depending on when you were born, you will be influenced by certain things more than others.
    Glad you understood my overall point here since sometimes people get defensive, falsely believing I'm criticizing them or their selection.

    I also enjoy the music of the musicians you mentioned but I don't listen to them as much as the musicians that got me into jazz guitar like Farlow, Raney, Kessell, Green, Pass, etc.. These are the guys that inspired me to play jazz guitar.

    Of course jazz musicians tend to know about the musicians that came before we were born, often as part of our overall musical education. My experience is that non musicians tend to mainly listen to the type of music they grew up with and maybe a few that their parents were into (e.g. The Beatles), but rarely their grandparents.

    What I love about this forum is being exposed to jazz musicians from all eras \ generations.

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    I voted for Grant Green .
    First time I heard him 20 years ago ,I was shocked ( in a negative way ) by his "unprocessed" sound.
    All these years that passed I wasn't paying any attention to him.
    I like almost all the players from the list.
    Suddenly something happened to me and I dig GG so much that the
    last 2 months he is the only guitar player I am in the mood for listening.
    So I think it really depends in the mood of each person.
    The same happened with Kenny Burrell and e.t.c.
    It is like voting for your favorite food.

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    I settled on Barney Kessel. I was a 16 year old listening to Black sabbath and borrowed a live album from the library and loved it. Even though I appreciate many more players now BK, especially live, is what I enjoy the most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwilliams View Post
    I am, actually! Haha! But I do love, of course, Charlie Christian, Joe Pass, Jim Hall, etc... It's just that Allan, Pat, and Kurt, I guess they were just around, so naturally, I would be listening to them more often. This is an interesting topic, though, how depending on when you were born, you will be influenced by certain things more than others.
    Late 70’s at Uni. The Stranglers had performed there I think a week before. This band U.K. were billed. After a few beers we sat cross legged on the floor with no idea who was on next. Wow. Holdsworth, and the band with it’s debut album material, just blew me away. I had no idea what his technique involved at the time but he was definitely at his best.