Favorite Jazz Guitar Solo?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by MortSahlFan, Jan 14, 2019.

  1. MortSahlFan

    MortSahlFan Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I've been getting into jazz lately, but it was always piano, until I heard Wes Montgomery (but always have loved solos by any guitarist from Steely Dan) and I'd thought I'd ask what you guys like...
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  2. Kamaaina1

    Kamaaina1 Aloha!

    Vancouver, WA
    Affirmation - George Benson comes to mind. I'm sure you'll receive bunch-o replies..
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  3. action pact

    action pact Music Omnivore

    Listen to some Charlie Christian, "the father of the electric guitar." He died in 1942, aged 25. Most of his career was as a featured member of Benny Goodman's band, where he performed quite a few stunning solos on record.

    When he was done performing downtown with BG, he would head uptown to Harlem and sit in with the cats who were developing what became later known as bebop at Minton's Playhouse; he didn't live to see the innovations he helped pioneer come to fruition. Fortunately, a music lover brought a wire recorder to Minton's one night and captured Charlie Christian stretching out.

    Recorded at Minton's in New York in May 1941, this supposedly features Thelonius Monk on piano (although I'm not convinced) - alongside Joe Guy on trumpet, Nick Fenton on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums.

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  4. StarThrower62

    StarThrower62 Forum Resident

    Central NY
    Wes Montgomery-No Blues, Twisted Blues
    Grant Green-Go Down Moses
    Pat Martino-On The Stairs, Special Door
    If you want Steely Dan type guitar, get the Larry Carlton 3 album set on BGO Records.
    I like pretty much anything by Kenny Burrell or John Scofield. And all the Pat Metheny stuff from the late 70s to early 90s.
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  5. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Forum Resident

    Lawrenceville, NJ
    Can't choose between several on Ask the Ages by Sonny Sharrock
  6. David Fischer

    David Fischer Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    Grant Green - Blue & Sentimental (Ike Quebec album)

    Guitar solo begins about the 3:00 mark

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  7. mdent

    mdent Forum Resident

    New England
    Joe Pass "Django" is a classic.
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  8. Thermionic Dude

    Thermionic Dude Forum Resident

    Your like of Steely Dan solos and Wes tells me that you tend to dig Jazz with overtly bluesy phrasing, in which case Kenny Burrell is a "no-brainer":

    The interplay between Kenny and Stanley Turrentine is simply incredible, one of the great collaborations in Jazz.
    (This is one of those times when you should just get the whole album, you'll thank me later! :))
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  9. Devin S

    Devin S VP-330

    Django Reinhardt. Choose a solo, any solo. They're all fantastic. Greatest guitarist of all time in my unpaid opinion.
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  10. Yesternow

    Yesternow Forum pResident

    Freddie Hubbard's Red Clay in the hands of Jack Wilkins.


    I've won several contests with this track :). Best solo will be just one more.
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