Monday, June 16, 2008

Joe Pass on the Archtop Guitar

Joe Pass on Archtop Guitar
Joe Pass is easily one of my guitar heroes. This guy could do it all. He played with Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, and Louis Bellson among others. He recorded the first record on the Concord Jazz record label with Johnny Mathis. Walking basslines, melodies, counterpoint - he was the George Van Eps of 6-string guitar! Furthermore, he recorded several albums with the greatest jazz vocalist of all time, Ella Fitzgerald. There is something magical about hearing Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald perform together. Their duet of strings and voice is something that no one else can even come close to. If you don't have any other their albums or his albums, grab one today. They are spectacular.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Lenny Breau & Chet Atkins? Holy Crap!

This is a match made in heaven for me. These are two of my favorite guitarists of all time. Now I just need to figure out where to get this album. Lenny Breau and Chet Atkins - who would have known? I guess I'm a little slow.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Wrecking Crew of 1960's Los Angeles

For those of you who do not know, the Wrecking Crew was a group of musicians in LA in the 1960's. These guys could play anything, and they practically did. They were know as "first call" musicians, and they played on every type of film score, television show themes, and advertising jingles. Phil Spector and Brian Wilson used the Wrecking Crew for several classic songs.

Several guitarists, including Glen Campbell, Barney Kessel, Tommy Tedesco, Al Casey, Carol Kaye, Billy Strange, and Don Peake, were members of the Wrecking Crew. Glen Campbell went on to become a famous singer/guitarist. Hal Blaine, the most recorded drummer in history, was also a feature member of the group. There is a documentary about the Wrecking Crew. Check it out here: