Monday, June 30, 2008

George Benson, The Shadow of Your Smile, 1972

I suspect that a take-down notice on this one will arrive soon, so enjoy it while you can.

Thursday, June 26, 2008


A playlist of 21 solo guitar tunes by Jazzerman. Absolutely wonderful ....

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Ted Greene Memorial Site Continues to Grow

The Ted Greene site continues to add videos, lessons and performances.

"Ted Greene was renowned world wide as the author of “Chord Chemistry,” one of the most in-depth studies of chord harmony & theory ever published for guitar. Ted was also a brilliant, innovative and diverse guitarist capable of playing dazzling solos from jazz to neo-Baroque improvisation. Yet his chosen and most beloved path was as a teacher. He was highly sought out for his insightful and instinctive gifts in this area. As a testimony to his teaching abilities, for many years there remained a long list of guitarists waiting for an opening in his schedule." Continue ...

Friday, June 20, 2008

Borrowing the Blues: Copyright and the Contexts of Robert Johnson

"Robert Johnson was a poor African American itinerant blues musician who died in obscurity under mysterious circumstances in 1938 at a country crossroads near Greenwood, Mississippi. Johnson was one of a number of musicians who made their way through the Mississippi Delta during the time period of his life and death. The legend of Robert Johnson, however, surpasses that of his musical contemporaries: Robert Johnson is the most well known bluesman of his era today. From his humble beginning and obscure death, Robert Johnson later emerged to become one of the biggest influences on rock and roll music, particularly through musicians in Great Britain, many of whom like Eric Clapton, count Robert Johnson as one of their greatest influences."
Continue reading this article by Olufunmilayo B. Arewa, a professor at Northwestern University School of Law

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

All Things Emily

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Jim Ferguson on Joe Pass

Irascible yet funny and warm, a high school dropout yet very well-read, Joe Pass had more than his share of personal contradictions. Cigar chomping and adorned with a bristling moustache that hardly compensated for his baldness, he may have looked like a longshoreman or truck driver, but his music eloquently spoke of his brilliance as a world-class guitarist, one who ultimately commanded the respect of many of jazz' top figures. Given his awesome technique, competitive spirit, ability to shape long lines in a group context, and jaw-dropping approach to solo guitar-where he freely wove walking bass lines, sleek chordal passages, and deft single-note phrases into rich musical tapestries-he easily qualifies as the most versatile player in the annals of jazz, and arguably was the greatest mainstream guitarist since Wes Montgomery. [continue reading ....]

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A Comparative Study of Rhythm Guitar Styles

"Freddie Green's rhythm guitar style is unique - - Freddie does not sound like other famous rhythm guitarists. This lesson attempts to illustrate his uniqueness by comparing five different examples of a twelve bar blues in G. These examples are not transcriptions. All five examples were composed by the author in the style of the player, or in the style of the music.:
Wonderful article by Michael Pettersen, illustrating the rhythm styles of Freddie Green, Allen Reuss, Teddy Wilson and Barry Galbraith.

Wes Montgomery Remembered, by Jim Ferguson

"Over the years I've written several articles--historical and instructional--on the great Wes Montgomery, who arguably was the time in light of his hip, hard-swinging approach. Parts I and II comprise the complete text of the main part of an article that appeared in the August 1993 issue of Guitar Player (Part II picks up half way through). Part III is the first half of my August 1995 cover story for JazzTimes (Ted Dunbar, a fine player who provided a number of insights about Wes, died in May of 1998); Part IV is the second half. Part V begins the text of a series of interviews featured in the booklet to the 12 CD boxed set Wes Montgomery: The Complete Riverside Recordings, for which I received a Grammy nomination along with producer Orrin Keepnews. Nat Adderley's comments on Wes were posted in August 2001. The October post features Ron Carter, while this month features Kevin Eubanks" ... [continue reading]

Monday, June 16, 2008