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So, who is the greatest jazz guitarist ever?


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A "how long is a piece of string" question if ever there was one! All the greats are really unbeatable because what made them great is their difference. But I am a fan of chord melody style more than anything else so Joe Pass features very high as does the inimitable Ted Greene. I also am a great fan of Barry Galbraith.

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Good question and unanswerable...Django, Charlie Christian, Wes, Kenny Burrell were probably the biggest influences on 'straight' jazz guitar. Jim Hall is an unique voice and still active....is Burrell? And Van Eps, Joe Pass et al took solo jazz guitar to an astonishingly high level.

Then via Jimi to Mclaughlin, Holdsworth and the myriad fusion kings; Scofield and Metheny are still top here in terms of recordings, concerts and who they've played with in the past, but neither beats Mclaughlin who just turned 70!

And - would anyone put Stanley Jordan in their list?

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Aside from the usual suspects; some of my favourites are the gypsy guitarist, Jimmy Rosenberg (Kris here put me onto him a few years back), Howard Alden (did the soundtrack for the excellent Woody Allan film Sweet and Lowdown) and a guy named Matt Otton...

 

Otton is the least well know of the above; so here is a clip of one of my heroes Matt Otton. I love his liquid like playing style [thumbup]

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=499sfJYVZSA&feature=related

 

Matt

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I can't say he was ''The Greatest Jazz Guiarist Ever' but the person whom I love listening to above all others is Django. He never ceases to astonish me with his inventiveness and his interplay with Grappelli is magical.

 

Other than that : Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, Charlie Christian would be my main choices.

 

P.

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