When one thinks of the great jazz-fusion players, a long list of American, Australian and British guitarist usually jump to mind. Guys like Guthrie Govan, Bret Garsed, Scott Henderson and Allan Holdsworth all stand out as the top players in the field, but, there is a growing number of exciting, and highly talented, Brazilian fusion guitarists that are quickly making a name for themselves on the world stage. One of these talented guitarists is Murilo Romano, whose blazing chops, strong sense of melodic development and engaging extended techniques are making him one of the South American country’s top up and coming fusion guitarists.
Jazz guitarist and inventor, Les Paul, brought us more than his electric “Log” guitar fashioned out of two pickups, and the triptych coupling of a slab of 4 x 4 lumber and the two halves from an Epiphone hollow body guitar. He brought us more than a delightful legacy of jazz, but a mountain of amazing guitar techniques to examine and study. His deep curiosity and rich inventiveness roamed the world of electronics and sound, luring him like sirens to seemingly insurmountable production and recording challenges. Good for us that Mr. Paul’s intense curiosity was welded to an equally tenacious spirited drive.
For the hoards of guitar players out there who spend their time trawling through YouTube videos in search of the next big thing, Daniele Gottardo needs no introduction. For the uninitiated, Gottardo is a rising star from Italy who really shot to attention by making it to the final of the Guitar Idol competition, twice.
Guitar International recently sat down with Soren to talk about his new record, get his thoughts on Smooth Jazz and hear about his new DVD that’s in the works.
Jazz guitarist Ben Tyree epitomizes the new generation of jazz artists with his eclectic mix of styles, featuring hard percussive funk armed with arrested guitar riffs, giving his performances fitful spurts, as well as more traditional seamless melodic reveries that broaden is sonic reach.
Earl Klugh is considered by many to be one of the finest acoustic guitar players today. His playing is soothing and his tone is often downright pretty. Since many believe tone to be in the fingers, Earl’s fingers are no doubt awash with it.
New Jersey based jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz is used to taking chances, as anyone who makes a living improvising would be. So it’s no surprise that his latest album, Five & Live, features Lenz and company on stage in a live situation, which is always a bit of a risk for any recording, and, alongside his originals, covering some very un-jazz like songs, such as Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and “Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2” by classic British rockers Pink Floyd.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and make a statement that might just come back to haunt me, but I think that Smooth Jazz often doesn’t get the credit it deserves as being as legit as its traditional and more “hip” cousin.
For three decades, guitarist Mike Stern has astonished jazz audiences the world over with his quest to push the envelope of what is possible on his instrument, the electric guitar. Now, more than ever, Stern is busy working on a variety of projects that further fuel his insatiable and often child-like curiosity and creativity.
The story of how I met jazz-guitarist Adam Smale is a funny one, at least from our perspective it is. Growing up a few miles apart, though a decade apart in age,