Top 10: Jazz Guitarists in the Vault

By: Concert Vault

10 songs / 1:31:24

  1. 1 George Benson / Straight No Chaser 11:30
  2. 2 Kenny Burrell / Work Song 10:57
  3. 3 Gabor Szabo Quintet / Misrab 13:24
  4. 4 Larry Coryell / Autumn In New York 05:37
  5. 5 Tal Farlow Quartet / My Romance 05:03
  6. 6 Joe Pass / Secret love 07:40
  7. 7 Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet / They Can't Take T… 04:03
  8. 8 Pat Metheny / Broadway Blues 06:20
  9. 9 John Handy Quintet / Tears of Ole Miss (Anatomy of a… 17:34
  10. 10 Charlie Hunter & Pound for Pound / Return of the Can… 09:16

1. George Benson - Here's nearly 12 minutes of unadulterated uptempo burn on this Thelonious Monk tune.

2. Kenny Burrell - Jazz master Burrell gets down on a bluesy version of Nat Adderley’s “Work Song” from a 1973 performance at the Apollo Theater.

3. Gabor Szabo - The Hungarian guitarist made a spellbinding impression with this exotic piece, which is full of shimmering open string drones, controlled feedback and fleet-fingered excursions up and down the neck of his axe.

4 Larry Coryell - The godfather of fusion guitar performs an intimate and virtuosic rendition of the jazz standard in an unaccompanied 1977 showcase. Dig the chord melodies and ringing false harmonics.

5. Tal Farlow - The master of chord melodies and single note burn (nicknamed “Octopus” for his large hands) turns in a gorgeous rendition of this Rodgers & Hart jazz standard. Catch his virtuosic unaccompanied intro before the quartet kicks in.

6. Joe Pass - The undisputed master of solo jazz guitar, Pass blows through this jazz standard with fearless abandon on a dazzling, unaccompanied intro before being joined by his rhythm section for more fireworks.

7. George Barnes - Barnes was a swinging electric guitar pioneer who teamed with trumpeter Ruby Braff in the ‘70s for some potent straight ahead playing. They take a relaxed, swinging approach on this hip rendition of the Gershwin classic.

8. Pat Metheny - Metheny brought a new tone and a new attitude to guitar in the late ‘70s. Hear him blow with unparalleled chops and heroic abandon on a stellar bit of improv that eventually morphs into Ornette Coleman’s “Broadway Blues.”

9. Pat Martino - Guitarist Martino was a 21-year-old sideman to alto saxophonist-bandleader John Handy at the time of the 1967 Newport performance. Following solos by Handy and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, Pat rips on his solo as only he can.

10. Charlie Hunter - The remarkable 8-string guitarist (he grooves basslines while playing chords and melody simultaneously) wails in this 1998 performance.