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    Don't think we've done anything like this for a while...so why not?

    No explanations necessary unless you want to, only rule is: jazz guitar players. Who's in your top 10? Don't have to be in order, either...

    For me, not really in any order...

    1. Grant Green
    2. Jimmy Raney
    3. Jim Hall
    4. Kenny Burrell
    5. Ray Crawford
    6. Bobby Broom
    7. John Abercrombie
    8. Charlie Christian
    9. Bill Frisell
    10. Ed Bickert

    My list is pretty old school, I guess...kinda funny, my listening taste is generally a bit more modern, but I don't really listen to the modern stuff specifically for guitar.

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    I usually avoid these but it's been awhile, I'll play along even though I'll probably leave someone out.
    in NO order except #1

    Wes
    Pat Martino
    Charlie Christian
    Barney Kessel
    Billy Bean
    Jimmy Raney
    Jim Hall
    Kenny Burrell
    Rene Thomas
    Grant Green

    honorable mention Tal Farlow, Joe Pass and Benson. it was hard leaving them off.

    I'm leaving out some of the old school acoustic cats I love like Eddie Lang, Van Eps, Carl Kress, Dick McDonough etc
    Also Johnny Smith, as he's not a true jazz guitarist imo, though he's way up there as far as guitarists in my mind, period.
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    This is going to be difficult. I had to cheat and do 11. I could not leave one off, but I am definitely leaning modern on this list...

    In no order:
    - Scofield
    - Wes
    - Peter Bernstein
    - Julian Lage
    - Bill Frissell
    - Jim Hall
    - Grant Green
    - Kenny Burrell
    - Gilad Hekselman
    - Kurt Rosenwinkel/J Kresiberg

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    As it relates to Jazz only and not necessarily in order after KB:

    Wes (1)
    Kenny Burrell (1A)
    Royce Campbell
    Lee Ritenour
    Alessio Menconi
    Joe Passalaqua
    Chuck Loeb
    Steve Laury
    René Thomas
    Herb Ellis

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    Midnight blues reminded me about Rene Thomas, how could I forget him? list amended.

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    John Scofield
    Jesse van Ruller
    Pat Martino
    Pat Metheny
    Mike Stern
    Lage Lund
    Joe Pass
    Jim Hall
    Django Reinhard
    Wes Montgomery

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    George Benson
    Wes Montgomery
    Grant Green
    Kenny Burrell
    Jim Hall
    Pat Metheny
    Joe Pass
    John McLaughlin
    John Scofield
    Django Reinhardt

    I did it off the top of my head without looking at others' posts. I could fit a few more in there as well. There are guitarists like Pat Martino and Barney Kessel and Jimmy Bruno and Al Dimeola whom I love, but the above are who I listen to the most.

    And there are guitarists like Charlie Christian and Oscar Moore whom I love and respect, but not on my regular playlist.

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    Charlie Christian
    Barney Kessel
    Herb Ellis
    Tal Farlow
    Wes Montgomery
    George Benson
    Jim Hall
    Jimmy Raney
    Joe Pass
    Kenny Burrell

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    Here is my list of the the jazz guitarist I listen to the most:

    Tal Farlow
    Wes Montgomery
    Jimmy Raney
    Barney Kessel
    Grant Green
    Joe Pass
    Bireli Lagrene
    Philip Catherine
    Rene Thomas
    Doug Raney

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    1 Kirk Hammett
    2 Kirk Hammett
    3 Kirk Hammett
    4 Kirk Hammett
    5 Kirk Hammett
    6 Kirk Hammett
    7 Kirk Hammett
    8 Kirk Hammett
    9 Kirk Hammett
    10 Noel Gallagher

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    Top 5 for me I don't have many favorites (or listen much).. apologies! In no order:

    Charlie Christian
    Jim Hall
    Billy Bean
    Doug Raney
    Nelson Symonds

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    My list of jazz guitar influences is actually way too long and diverse to make any sense really. It would basically read as a condensed history of jazz guitar.

    Might be quicker to make a list of players I don’t think have influenced me much if AT ALL (no reflection on how good I think they are, they are all great, just haven’t influenced me much.)

    my anti influences
    - Pat Metheny
    - George Benson
    - Kenny Burrell
    - Al Di Meola

    actually that might be it...

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    Also does anyone else go through phases? Like just getting into one player’s approach for about six months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77
    1 Kirk Hammett
    2 Kirk Hammett
    3 Kirk Hammett
    4 Kirk Hammett
    5 Kirk Hammett
    6 Kirk Hammett
    7 Kirk Hammett
    8 Kirk Hammett
    9 Kirk Hammett
    10 Noel Gallagher
    #6 is not a jazz guitarist, though.

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    I could easily fill a list of 10 favorites but in terms of the players whom I feel have most influenced me over many years ...

    Barney Kessel
    Wes Montgomery
    Jim Hall
    Gabor Szabo
    Larry Coryell (but for his classical arrangements, not his jazz playing)

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    I loathe lists.

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    Joe Pass
    Wes Montgomery
    Jimmy Raney
    Royce Campbell
    Joshua Breakstone
    Kenny Burrell
    Doug Raney
    Pat Metheny
    Jim Hall
    Barney Kessel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Litterick
    I loathe lists.
    list of people who loathe lists?

    litterick
    neatomic
    cm77 (apparently)
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    haha

    in truth, too many (& ever changing) to list...tho i havent seen hank garland ^ yet

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Litterick
    I loathe lists.
    Please give us five reasons "why?"

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    Kenny Burrell
    Grant Green
    Herb Ellis
    Wes Montgomery
    Jim Hall
    Joe Pass
    Barney Kessel
    Jimmy Raney
    Charlie Byrd
    Tal Farlow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Litterick
    I loathe lists.
    Are you listless? There's a pill for that, ya know.

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    Jim Hall *
    Wes

    Then, in no particular order, guitarists who have impressed and/or influenced me:

    Carlos Santana *
    Chico Pinheiro
    EVH *
    BB King *
    Guinga
    Mark Knopfler

    Well, that's eight. Every one has a distinctive, immediately recognizable, style.

    The asterisks are the guys I think affected my playing. Not necessarily in an ordinary way. I can't play a single note like EVH, but there was something about the way he floated over the time which had an impact. With BB it was the drama created by silence and stinging notes. With Santana it was raw power, with Jim Hall, exquisite taste. Chico is the full package. I can't grasp his solo technique, which is a mix of incredible chops, ears, imagination and magic; I especially love the way he can drive a band from the guitar chair with jet propelled comping.

    Wes isn't one of them, not because I don't love his music, but because I couldn't begin to assimiliate what he did. Similarly, for some of the others. I wish they weren't over my head, but that's where they were.

    EDIT: Players I didn't think of at first:

    Joe Beck (not well known, I guess, but a masterful jazz guitarist).
    Vic Juris - Another non-household name, but what a player.
    George Van Eps - In his era, he was the guy the other players were in awe of.
    Toninho Horta - he plays a 6 string guitar in conventional tuning, but it sure sounds different
    Last edited by rpjazzguitar; 03-27-2021 at 03:48 PM.

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    The order is always changing, as I go through some real heavy phases with all of these players!

    Charlie Christian
    Julian Lage
    Eddie Lang
    Dick McDonough
    Django Reinhardt
    Bill Frisell
    Jonathan Stout
    Duved Dunayevsky
    Tk Smith (sort of jazzy?)
    Jim Hall

    Lots of those country jazzers would be on the list as well, Jimmy Bryant, Hank Garland, Jim Campilongo, Billy Byrd, Junior Barnard, and so many more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77
    Also does anyone else go through phases? Like just getting into one player’s approach for about six months.
    Oh definitely.

    And yeah, in case anybody was wondering, I'm on my yearly or so "Grant Green is the center of my universe" phase again.

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    Some great names (and a few new names, too)!

    Looking around my room at the stacks of CDs, and not in any order, this appears to be my list:

    John Scofield
    Mike Stern
    Jim Hall
    Peter Bernstein
    Kurt Rosenwinkel
    Nate Radley
    Steve Cardenas
    Chris Crocco
    Adam Rogers
    Mick Goodrick

    Of course, as soon as I "submit" this, I'll probably think of someone else to add!




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    Pat Metheny, Gilad Hekselman, Jonathan Kreisberg (the tone!), Julian Lage, plus a lot of the already mentioned older guys and of course, George Benson. Scott Henderson I often find very interesting and I really like what I have heard from Sandra Hempel.

    + another 2-3 who are out there but I haven't discovered yet.

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    ahh, lists.
    who can resist...

    i never ever get tired of these:

    1. grant green
    2. wim overgaauw
    3. eddie mcfadden
    4. doug raney
    5. sonny greenwich
    6. pat martino
    7. roland prince
    8. ted greene
    9. wes montgomery
    10. john webber

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    Wes Montgomery


    George Benson
    Pat Martino
    Barney Kessel
    Bireli Lagrene
    Charlie Christian
    Kenny Burrell
    Joe Pass
    Grant Green
    Django Reinhardt

    The space after Wes’ name was done on purpose because for me there is no one close to his greatness.

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    1. Lorne Lofsky
    2. Ed Bickert
    3. John Abercrombie
    4. René Thomas
    5. Romain Pilon
    6. Lage Lund
    7. Mike Moreno
    8. Kurt Rosewinkel
    9. Ben Monder
    10. Charles Altura

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    Not really a ranked top 10, but just some players I am into recently:

    Chris Whiteman

    Maybe best known around here for his solo guitar arrangements, Chris is a killin’ player all-around.



    Peter Farrell - dude taps his foot and makes it sound good. Suuuuuper locked-in.



    Bobby Broom - saw him live a couple of years ago. Performs with a ferocious and physical intensity. Pushes and pulls time with seemingly every phrase.



    Andy Brown - frequently live streams on YouTube with a vocalist and/or combo



    Doug Raney - no disrespect to Jimmy, but damn, his son was great, too.

    Cecil Alexander - just recently found this dude on YouTube. Lot of classic bop sounds here.



    Izzy Stradlin - Has a really expensive white ES-175
    Last edited by wzpgsr; 03-26-2021 at 09:42 AM.

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    Say what you will about lists, this thread showed me a couple of players I've been sleeping on--namely René Thomas. Also Royce Campbell.

    Also interesting to see the aversion to Kenny Burrell. He's like the Hank Jones of guitar to me--not a huge amount of personality, but I still hear him and say "I wish I could do that".





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    Quote Originally Posted by 44lombard
    Say what you will about lists, this thread showed me a couple of players I've been sleeping on--namely René Thomas. Also Royce Campbell.

    Also interesting to see the aversion to Kenny Burrell. He's like the Hank Jones of guitar to me--not a huge amount of personality, but I still hear him and say "I wish I could do that".




    10 guitarplayers is too short a list, there should be at least 20...without the aversion.:-)

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    p.s. some of my other favorites that are a little more under the radar, many of them in the 'soul jazz' category....

    Eddie McFadden [djg mentioned him, bravo]
    Wilbert Longmire
    Thornel Schwartz
    Melvin Sparks
    Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones
    Ted Dunbar
    O'Donel Levy
    Bill Jennings
    Billy Butler
    Gene Edwards

    but still sure I'm leaving out a bunch more.......ah, lists....

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    Quote Originally Posted by wzpgsr
    #6 is not a jazz guitarist, though.
    But what is jazz? And what is guitar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 44lombard
    Say what you will about lists, this thread showed me a couple of players I've been sleeping on--namely René Thomas. Also Royce Campbell.

    Also interesting to see the aversion to Kenny Burrell. He's like the Hank Jones of guitar to me--not a huge amount of personality, but I still hear him and say "I wish I could do that".




    I really like Kenny whenever I hear him, he's just not someone I've studied much.

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    OK some of these lists have an interesting vibe. OK then, all time I think the following have had the biggest impact. Mostly big names

    1) Charlie Christian
    2) Wes Montgomery
    3) Jimmy Raney
    4) Kurt Rosenwinkel (1998-2010)
    5) Lage Lund (I find his playing confusing & fascinating)
    6) Django (much as I hate to admit it)
    7) Allan Holdsworth somehow
    8) Grant Green
    9) Bill Frisell
    10) Peter Bernstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77
    OK some of these lists have an interesting vibe. OK then, all time I think the following have had the biggest impact. Mostly big names

    5) Lage Lund (I find his playing confusing & fascinating)
    Perfect description! I'll do my top 10 living and making music right now list (well aside from the still living and making music folks on my first list) Again, no real order...

    1. Lage Lund
    2. Matthew Stevens
    3. Rotem Sivan
    4. Dan Wilson
    5. Cecil Alexander
    6. Mike Moreno
    7. Peter Bernstein
    8. John Moulder
    9. Jakob Bro
    10. Nir Felder

    And Ed Cherry...and Martijn Van Iterson....and JVR...and Boulou Ferre...and...
    Last edited by mr. beaumont; 03-26-2021 at 10:40 AM.

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    In no particular order, except for #1:

    Joe Pass
    Django
    Kenny Burell
    Herb Ellis
    Grant Green
    Pat Martino
    George Benson
    Jimmy Rainey
    Tal Farlow
    Emily Remler
    Last edited by citizenk74; 03-26-2021 at 07:57 PM. Reason: Grant Green

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    hmm, can i come up with 10 living ones?

    1 .john webber
    2. rodney jones
    3. cecil alexander
    4. dan wilson
    5. tisziji munoz
    6. jesse van ruller
    7. pete bernstein
    8. vinnie corrao
    9. bireli lagrene
    10. isiah sharkey

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    Hank Garland
    Julian Lage
    Lenny Breau
    Wes Montgomery
    Charlie Christian
    Richard Harding
    Ollie Halsall
    Django Rheinhardt
    Scotty Anderson
    Pat Martino
    ...... but if you asked me in a couple of weeks, half of these names wouldn't be there, it's a constantly changing thing.

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    Sorry had to go to at least 20, so I went with a 2 x 10 list concept.
    List#1
    Jim Hall
    Grant Green
    Ed Bickert
    Wes Montgomery
    Peter Bernstein
    Kurt Rosenwinkel
    Lenny Breau
    Jesse Van Ruller
    Scott Henderson
    Django
    List#2
    Ed Cherry
    Lage Lund
    Rene Thomas
    John Scofield
    Johnny Smith
    Kenny Burrell
    Pat Metheny
    Allan Holdsworth
    Adam Rogers
    Doug Raney
    Last edited by Ronstuff; 03-26-2021 at 02:31 PM.

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    Django appears a lot less than I would have guessed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont
    Perfect description! I'll do my top 10 living and making music right now list (well aside from the still living and making music folks on my first list) Again, no real order...

    8. John Moulder
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    Great list!
    [Fr. John Moulder was the priest who did my wedding in Chicago! He's such a great guy, and an amazing guitarist!]

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    I'll give it a try..jazz (ish?) only... if I included blues, rock, and country in this, it would be impossible.

    Charlie Christian
    Johnny Smith
    Kenny Burrell
    Jim Campilongo
    Duke Levine (not strictly jazz, but no one knows where to put him)
    Brian Setzer (again, not strictly jazz, but there's alot of jazz in his playing- especially with the big band... he is the one who actually got me interested in trying to PLAY jazz, actually... my gateway drug lol)

    ...and that's it. I could easily drop famous names like Pass & Montgomery, or even Moore since I listen to the Nat King Cole Trio... but in all honestly, I don't listen to them ENOUGH to call them "favorites". The above players, I do. I HAVE been listening to LAGE alot, but he's a new discovery for me, so, I didn't include him either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyV
    Django appears a lot less than I would have guessed.
    Django for me is like Yngwie... I love him, but in small doses.

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    Each selected guitarist should also contain the number of CDs that the typist has.

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    Django is like Yngwie? No.

    If I had to say he was like a shredder it would be Vai.

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    Django's dangerous. I listen sparingly. He's undoubtedly the easiest player to do a shitty impersonation of. I never want to be that guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77
    Django is like Yngwie? No.

    If I had to say he was like a shredder it would be Vai.
    OK, six of one, half dozen of the other (wink)

    And I didn't mean to imply he was a "shredder" (altho he IS!), I just mean his stuff is very... heavy. Very fast, alot of notes, superb musicianship... and that's down 2 fingers. Maybe INTIMIDATING would be a good descriptor.

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    I gotta say about Django, to my ears his playing never sounded flashy for the sake of being flashy.

    Which is NOT something I can say about "Django style" players in general...