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I know it's been done a thousand times before, but I feel the need. Best guitarist around today?


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In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2013 18:20:21 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2013 19:55:57 BDT
Heh hoo haa hah hoo hew ha

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2013 02:36:23 BDT
Don Juandre says:
Hi Smitty... Drum n bass not really my cup of tea. Anything else he's done you would describe as 'fairly gentle'?

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2013 03:48:46 BDT
Steve says:
Nuno Bettencourt playing on/in Extreme (first album self titled) and the second album Pornograffitti.
Very hard to beat this bloke!
If you've not heard Extreme playing then you've missed out on one of the best guitarists ever.
Guitar, vocals, bass, keyboards, piano, organ, cello, and drums, he's very talented.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2013 08:11:20 BDT
Gentle.....not sure. I have only just started to get hold of his albums and am not really qualified to answer that question. He did an album with David Sylvian called Blemish from which this To Play: the Blemish Sessions came from, which I must get. I have the main album, but am frustrated with David Sylvians almost monotonal singing style, and am interested to hear Derek on his own. The main album works, but shedding DB might make it better.

Derek did an album in a band lineup called Limescale, available on ebay or discogs, which is like mice let loose in a biscuit tin while someone clatters a tea spoon around a china cup and saucer, that is one of these albums that don't make sense and yet I want tog straight back to and put on again. It could be described as gentle(or brown, depending on your preferences in music/noise) and is one I would recommend.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2013 08:12:39 BDT
He plays a blinder on Honey, especially on Wham Bam Boogie. Possibly the finest guitar player to ever grace a Robert Palmer album.

Posted on 22 May 2013 09:53:38 BDT
Don Juandre says:
Thanks Smitty... I'll try and find samples of some... and think about it!
Thanks also Steve... I have the first 2 Extreme albums, and agree that Nuno is a brilliant (and rather underrated) guitarist.
That said, they're not albums I put on too often anymore... I'm gravitating away from most Rock music, to be honest - though I still come back for a good binge every so often!

Posted on 22 May 2013 09:57:30 BDT
Gregster says:
Not sure if he has been mentioned yet, but, Eric Gales is somebody anyone with a love of the hard rock/blues genre will appreciate (Jimi, SRV, Marino etc.).

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2013 10:59:58 BDT
Nugent Dirt says:
It happens to many of us Don J. What are you gravitating towards? Up till the mid 90s I'd say rock accounted for 80% of my collection. Now it's more like 8%.

Posted on 23 May 2013 08:50:29 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 May 2013 09:07:17 BDT
Don Juandre says:
Hi Nuge... Big question!... The short answer would be it varies day by day.
But in truth, I listen to gypsy jazz more often than anything else. I buy, proportionately, more GJ than anything else. Mind you, when I say 'listen', I also mean that's what I'll usually use as background music, whenever that is needed - so I'm hearing it more than actually listening to it, if you know what I mean. Though I do listen a lot as well!...
My love for it was rekindled around the turn of the millenium, when I began, for various reasons, spending time in Paris. I spent every weekend at 'La Chope des Puces', which is one of the big gypsy musician haunts/jam sessions. The main resident guitarist (accompanied previously by his dad, now by his son!) is Ninine Garcia - My Dream of love and Nouvelle vie (available on CD from Amazon France. And highly recommended.)
To cut a long (love) story short, I became more and more interested in this music. I now consider Django to have been the greatest guitarist ever. But that's for another thread...

Next would be jazz guitar, generally. All the usual suspects, with a particular soft spot for Ted Greene. He only made one album;Solo Guitar. It's exquisite...
Anyone who plays guitar seriously REALLY needs his books also:Chord Chemistry - Ted Greene -- Modern Chord Progressions: Jazz & Classical Voicings for Guitar - EDIT
(hit 'post' by mistake...) Ted Greene -- Jazz Guitar Single Note Soloing, Vol 1. And volume 2...
This post is starting to feel a bit self-indulgent (Sorry!)... so I'll stop here for now. I'd particularly appreciate hearing from a): Anyone who knows La Chope des Puces (even if only through Youtube!) And b) Anyone else who considers Ted Greene's output to be 'desert island books'...

Posted on 23 May 2013 10:21:24 BDT
Nugent Dirt says:
I'm a huge Django fan m'self Don and it was hearing my dad's old Hot Club LP that got me to take up guitar. You ever been to the International Gypsy Jazz Fest in Dursley, Gloucestershire in July? Fapy Lafertin's there this year. I'm not generally as keen on other jazz guitar forms though i quite like Martin Taylor's solo albums and have a soft spot for George Benson.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2013 19:48:43 BDT
Don Juandre says:
Hi again Nuge... If you like Martin Taylor's solo stuff you'll love Ted Greene. He is (for me) just that little step ahead of Martin, Joe Pass, etc - though there's Tuck Andress (of Tuck & Patti) too, he's mind-boggling - throws in a lot of percussive type stuff on top - but never too much.
I'll investigate the Dursley festival. You going?

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2013 09:12:21 BDT
Nugent Dirt says:
Morning Don. I might very well go. Been twice before when i lived in Cheltenham. I now live in Germany but rent out our old house in Chelt so I do come back to Blighty from time to time. So you rate Ted Greene ahead of MT. He must be good. I'll deffo check him out then.

I'm also partial to rockabilly guitar but more the later stuff as the muscianship's generally better, esp with players like the late Danny Gatton, Brian Setzer and now Darrel Higham of Imelda May's band and his own, The Kat Men.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2013 14:05:05 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 May 2013 14:10:19 BDT
Don Juandre says:
Hiya mate... Looks like we bored the others away!
Do I rate Ted Greene over MT? It's quite an arrogant statement to make when you put it like that... I mean, who the ... am I to judge between them...
I have to say, though, I sometimes find MT a bit predictable - that impression got reenforced when I watched a DVD called Martin Taylor: Jazz Guitarist [DVD] [NTSC] Ted Greene seems more subtle somehow. But then again he only put out one album under his own name so it's hard to judge...

One name that doesn't crop up enough in these threads - and whom I think you would love (he does Country guitar as well as the most incredible jazz) is Lenny Breau. Now, if you - or anybody else is interested, get these:
The Hallmark Sessions - Guitar Sounds Of Lenny Breau - EDIT:
Oops, hit 'post' again too early!Lenny Breau Trio
The reason I made that sound urgent is that these are the only half-decent albums of his left from the last reissue. The rest of his stuff, you're off paying collector's prices in Japan!
Anyway... mouth on automatic again... Catch ya later...

Posted on 27 May 2013 18:30:02 BDT
Leftin says:
1 Lou Reed
2 Dave Grohl
3 Chris Martin
4 The Edge
5 Noel Gallagher

Posted on 27 May 2013 18:45:45 BDT
FDJ says:
Yeah i'll go with Warren Haynes he can play in almost any style and play with feel. Gotta give a shout to Derek Trucks too, superb slide guitarist.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2013 21:49:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 May 2013 21:51:01 BDT
Zolar Waka says:
Try this: Mirakle; deeply mysterious, yet funky; not the usual D. Bailey!

Also, you gotta hear Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by D. Bailey.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2013 22:46:25 BDT
Yep, Mirakle is something special. Try to get hold of an album he did called Limescale. Other sites have it. Amazing and different to other Bailey stuff I have heard.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2013 22:47:16 BDT
Derek Trucks is possibly the finest controlled feedback player I have ever heard. He has a superb and unique tone that never fails to supply the goods.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2013 23:32:24 BDT
Brass Neck says:
I Like Trucks
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