My 10 favorite guitar players
*** It's been a hard choice. I had to leave out players such as
Charlie Patton, Tal Farlow, Phil Keaggy, Martin Simpson, Norman Blake ....
*** Players are listed in alphabetical order and the titles of one
or more typical albums are provided.
Traditional acoustic blues. Delightful lyrical interplay of voice and guitar.
"Blind Blake : Ragtime Guitar's Foremost Fingerpicker" (Yazoo 1068)
Classical sound for jazz and beyond.
"Mo' Breau" (Adelphi Records, AD 5012)
The legend of modern slide guitar.
"Ry Cooder", "Boomer's story",
"River rescue (The very best)" etc.
Reverend Gary Davis
Source of inspiration for generations of blues players.
"Blues and Ragtime" (Shanachie 97024)
Acoustic blues and modern folk.
"Quah" (Relix Records 2027C)
"Hot Tuna" (RCA & BMG 3864-2R)
The Beethoven of the guitar: he has broken all the traditional
folk/blues forms by insisting on dynamics and development.
From an interview: "How many voices do you hear? Three? Four?
I only hear one: the voice of the guitar".
"6- and 12- string guitar"
Originally released on Takoma Records, reissued
by Rhino Records (71612)
If you have never heard of this album, I won't talk to you.
Folk Book's Leo Kottke page
The unofficial Kottke pages (OLGA)
An interview with Leo
Bop innovator. The most inspiring jazz guitar player ever.
"Incredible jazz guitar" (Riverside RLP 9320-OJCCD-036-2)
Jazz guitar master.
"Virtuoso" (Pablo Records 2310.708)
Title says it all.
Blues baroque and traditional british music. Graceful.
"The hermit" (Shanachie 97014)
Folk-rock legend. Haunting. Impossible to find an album spanning
all the range of his talents. You've got to buy everything.
Also, check out his playing in Joni Mitchell's records.
Some useful addresses for acoustic guitar players
Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop
Sparta, NJ 07871, USA
Tel. 1 (201) 729-5544
Fax. 1 (201) 726-0568
Newton, NJ 07860, USA
Tel. 1 (201) 579-7763
The Crossroads Music Co.
439, Newchurch Road
Lancashire, ENGLAND OL13 ONB
Tel. 44 (1706) 875729
Fax. 44 (1706) 877749
Page last updated 5 August 1996.
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