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Kings of Jazz Guitar CD

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  • Audio CD (3 Jun 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hallmark
  • ASIN: B000086EDG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,841 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Countless BluesFreddie Green 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Profoundly BlueCharlie Christian 4:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Ain't Misbehavin'Django Reinhardt 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Solo FlightCharlie Christian 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Swing Out RhythmLonnie Johnson 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Honeysuckle RoseCharlie Christian 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Fun On The FretsTony Mottola 1:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Never KnowCharlie Christian 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Blue GuitarsLonnie Johnson 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Way Down Yonder In New OrleansFreddie Green 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Pickin' My WayCarl Kress 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Buck Jumpin'Al Casey 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Swing GuitarsDjango Reinhardt 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Four Or Five TimesTeddy Bunn 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Running WildDjango Reinhardt 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Rose RoomCharlie Christian 2:48£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

No instrument offers as much diversity within jazz circles as the guitar, as this album would confirm. It was Django Reinhardt (together with Stéphane Grappelli) who first promoted the idea of a lead guitar, backed by rhythm guitars (and without percussion) in jazz, an idea that was eagerly adopted by many other musicians. Charlie Christian, meanwhile, was an innovator in the field of electric guitar, and once again it was an introduction that captivated many other musicians as well as the audience. This album gathers together many of the innovators and leading exponents of the jazz guitar, resulting in 16 tracks of pure magic.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. D. Mcallen on 17 Dec 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Not being very familiar with jazz I thought this compilation was fairly broad and well priced and I was pleasantly suprised at the content.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By shamus carter on 28 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
not bad ,too much old stuff .i could think of many other kings of guitar.value 4/10
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Format: Audio CD
1. Countless Blues - Freddie Green & Eddie Durham (Kansas City Six)
2. Profoundly Blue - Charlie Christian (Edmond Hall Celeste Quartet)
3. Ain't Misbehavin' - Django Reinhardt
4. Solo Flight - Charlie Christian (Benny Goodman Orch)
5. Swing Out Rhythm - Lonnie Johnson
6. Honeysuckle Rose - Charlie Christian
7. Fun On The Frets - Tony Mottola & Carl Kress
8. I Never Knew - Charlie Christian
9. Blue Guitars - Lonnie Johnson & Eddie Lang
10. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans- Freddie Green & Eddie Durham (KC6)
11. Pickin' My Way - Carl Kress & Eddie Lang
12. Buck Jumpin' - Al Casey (Fats Wallewr)
13. Swing Guitars - Django Reinhardt
14. Four Or Five Times - Teddy Bunn (Jimmy Noone & his Orch)
15. Running Wild - Django Reinhardt
16. Rose Room - Charlie Christian (BG6)

This is a very nice compilation, which contains a mixture of well-known and more obscure tracks, and includes solos, duets and ensembles (although you wouldn't guess that from the details available under the MP3 download). The musicians were all pioneers of jazz guitar, none more so than Eddie Lang who, it's believed, led the switch from banjo when electrical recording came in, and Charlie Christian, who introduced the electric guitar (not altogether an unmitigated blessing!) It dates from 1995, when a running time of less than hour was the norm, but it's let down by the lack of any background information.
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