Jazz Guitar Suggestions?


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01-29-2008, 06:11 PM
I noticed that I had some Al Di Meola on my MP3 player yesterday that I had never listened to. Well after three or four songs I am LOVING his style. I am normally a metal listener but I kind of want to take a little break. Are there any Jazz guitar players with albums slightly along the lines of Meola? I love the atmospheres that he creates and his playing is amazing. I really want something that is strictly based around guitar and I am also interested in the technical aspects (good complicated melodies and changing rhythm patterns). If anybody could recommend me some stuff to listen to, I would REALLY appreciate it.

01-29-2008, 06:20 PM
Django Reinhardt

amazing player

01-29-2008, 06:21 PM


These are the stickied threads... But I don't know jazz too well, mostly a Blues guy my self. You could probably find some good guitar jazz artists in those threads.

01-29-2008, 06:25 PM
john mcluaghlin

01-29-2008, 06:33 PM
Focus - Hocus Pocus (featuring the amazing Jan Akkerman)
Frank Zappa: check out his guitar-based albums (like Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar)
Eric Johnson also showcases a lot of that Jazz virtuoso soloing on his records
John McLaughlin...

01-29-2008, 07:23 PM
Bill Frisell would be an excellent choice (although some of the americana stuff is hit/miss taste-wise)

\I like him far more than DiMeola but that's just me

01-31-2008, 09:06 PM
Django Reinhardt

amazing player

he incredible.

02-01-2008, 08:27 AM
Why don't you start by telling us what Di Meola album that was?

02-01-2008, 07:00 PM
Why don't you start by telling us what Di Meola album that was?

It was a couple songs from Consequence of Chaos and Elegant Gypsy. Thanks for the replies guys. I have also been looking around the forum for mentions of other Jazz guitarists and now I am currently getting into Eric Johnson, Shawn Lane, and a little John McLaughlin. I tried Frank Zappa but he seems too "out there" for me. I might be able to get into him with time but for just getting into Jazz I am sticking with the guys I just mentioned.

02-02-2008, 12:26 PM
If you listen to Jimmy Rosenberg you will be blown away.