Jazz Guitar 20 Living Greats

1 Pat Metheny 2 George Benson 3 John McLaughlin 4 Bill Frisell 5 John Scofield 6 Marc Ribot 7 Lionel Loueke 8 Kurt Rosenwinkel 9 Terje Rypdal 10 Mike Stern 11 Eivind Aarset 12 Biréli Lagrène 13 Martin Taylor 14 Wolfgang Muthspiel …

Published: 21 Dec 2019. Updated: 11 months.

1 Pat Metheny

2 George Benson

3 John McLaughlin

4 Bill Frisell

5 John Scofield

6 Marc Ribot

7 Lionel Loueke

8 Kurt Rosenwinkel

9 Terje Rypdal

10 Mike Stern

11 Eivind Aarset

12 Biréli Lagrène

13 Martin Taylor

14 Wolfgang Muthspiel

15 Carlos Santana

16 Mary Halvorson

17 Al di Meola

18 John Etheridge

19 Jakob Bro

20 Jeff Parker

Pictured, Pat Metheny. Photo: Wikipedia

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2019 Highlight: Marc Copland, And I Love Her, Illusions Mirage

In an ideal world Marc Copland would be better known. To put it another better way, Copland is known enough for his elegant touch, for his work with John Abercrombie, Gary Peacock, Ron McClure, for improvising at the highest level. ''Fame,'' often a …

Published: 21 Dec 2019. Updated: 11 months.

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In an ideal world Marc Copland would be better known. To put it another better way, Copland is known enough for his elegant touch, for his work with John Abercrombie, Gary Peacock, Ron McClure, for improvising at the highest level. ''Fame,'' often a distorting mirror if present at all in jazz anyway with due apologies to Lennon and McCartney, may only be here, there and rarely fair.

And I Love Her will not change the world but it may change the way we listen when we are all just forgetting how. With the pianist are Drew Gress on bass and Joey Baron playing drums it is listening in two ways: to each individual player; to the ensemble. The ensemble of course tops everything when improvisation in the crucial wider sense of group play is factored in.

On the more obvious tunes here and there are some extremely well known tunes that aspect is not easy to detect given the way famous tunes cloak further detail. Copland has a way of expanding the themes, I suppose he gives them space most of all. Give this space in your listening time. SG

Joey Baron, above left, Marc Copland and Drew Gress. Photo: John Rogers