Jazz Albums For Guitar?

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  1. BenjaminW

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    I just recently got accepted into my high school’s jazz band and I’d like to expand my guitar repitiore beyond rock and metal. What are some good jazz albums to listen to that feature the guitar?
     
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    anything by django reinhardt or wes montgomery. lenny breau/al dimeola/john mclaughlin/pat metheny also have a lot of great stuff.
     
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    Those were a couple names I thought of when I was writing the thread. I've got three of the Mahavishnu albums although I've never really gotten around to listening to them.
     
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    Kenny Burrell -Midnight Blue

    Grant Green - Green Street
     
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    mahavishnu orchestra is pretty cool. Brett Garsed is more fusion esque but he nicks a lot of jazz riffs, same with guys like emil werstler (who's more metal oriented) or Guthrie govan. Charlie parker is another good one who's more straight up jazz.
     
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    No doubt about that!
     
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    I'm a metal guy too but some of my favourite jazz listens are - Pat Metheny - Bright Size Life (first album, easy listen), John Scofield - Blue Matter & Allan holdsworth - The Sixteen Men Of Tain
     
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    early George Benson is a good start too

    before he started singing . he's a good singer but he was a jazz animal pre that whole thing
     
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    For band, any Count Basie stuff with Freddie Green comping. Maybe you won't even hear that he's there. That's how he likes it.
     
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    If you want to learn good comping (and you do):

    Freddie Green
    Grant Green
    Oscar Moore (recorded with Nat King Cole for about 10 years)
    Bucky Pizzarelli

    From more of a lead perspective (all of these folks are incredible rhythm players as well):

    Frank Vignola
    Martin Taylor
    John Pizzarelli
    Emily Remler
    Jimmy Bruno
    Julian Lage
    Anthony Wilson
    Kenny Burrell
    Wes Montgomery

    I could rattle off a hundred more names. Being a proficient jazz guitarist means being a good listener and knowing the melody of the songs. Learn to stay out of the way and be a good backup to the melody. The melody is king. Know the lyrics of the songs and what they mean.

    And have fun!
     
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    This is maybe the most open ended topic on the forum.

    I mean, chances are that your high school jazz band isn't going to be playing any Al DiMeola or Django or really anything we're likely to suggest, but listening to these greats might give you some great insight into phrasing for improvisation and so forth.

    First, though, I would highly recommend getting ahold of a Fake Book (for instruments in the key of C). Learn some standards first, like Sweet Georgia Brown, The Girl from Ipenema, Autumn Leaves, St. Thomas, Satin Doll, etc. etc. You will never learn too many of these if you are a jazz guitarist.

    Next, choose whichever songs you like best that you are working on learning out of your fake book, and look those up on youtube by "<name of song> guitar" and just watch. If a video bores you, it's fine to skip it. But I bet you'll find some interesting stuff.

    My son is in jazz band. He's done it since elementary school. The jazz band plays all kinds of jazz standards and also quite a few jazz arrangements of pop songs. The last two concerts the band played:

    Take Five (Dave Brubeck)
    The Samba Man (RAH)
    Fly Me to the Moon (Kaye Ballard)
    Sing Sing Sing (Benny Goodman)
    Peg (Steely Dan)
    Topsy (Benny Goodman)

    There was more, but I can't recall at the moment.

    The best skills to have here are being able to play through the chord changes tightly off of a chart. Being able to improvise a solo through chord changes and to quote melodies in unique ways is also a big plus, but that'll come later.
     
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    Joe Pass “Virtuoso”

    Grant Green “Idle Moments”
     
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    I would've suggested to my band director to play Whiplash, but I don't think any jokes from the movie really work on guitarists as far as I know.
     

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