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Various - Progressions: 100 Years of Jazz Guitar

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    Liner Note Author: Charles Alexander. This expansive four-disc anthology essentially covers the recorded history of the guitar in the 20th century, beginning with the ragtime banjo that set the table for the role of the guitar in a jazz setting in the ......more

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Liner Note Author: Charles Alexander. This expansive four-disc anthology essentially covers the recorded history of the guitar in the 20th century, beginning with the ragtime banjo that set the table for the role of the guitar in a jazz setting in the early 1900s, and then touching all the bases clear through to the post-postmodern possibilities of the instrument in the 21st century. Don't let the subtitle throw you, though, because Progressions: 100 Years of Jazz Guitar interprets jazz guitar in the broadest of strokes, as it includes not only pantheon jazz players like Eddie Lang, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Les Paul, Wes Montgomery, and John McLaughlin but also provides an uncommon sweep by featuring Hawaiian stylists Roy Smeck and Sol Hoopii; Western swing aces Leon McAuliffe and Eldon Shamblin; country jazzman Hank Garland; rock virtuosos Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, and Jeff Beck; fusion funksters Larry Carlton, Al DiMeola, and Mike Stein; and hard to classify avant-garde players like Derek Bailey, Sonny Sharrock, James Blood Ulmer, and Marc Ribot. In all, 78 guitarists from some 33 labels are represented. Arranged roughly by date of recording from first to last (there are some deviations to trace the development of a particular style), it is easy to follow the track listing for Progressions in the well-organized 148-page book that accompanies the discs, and what emerges is a portrayal of the massive influence the guitar has had on every form of popular music in the past century. One could quibble about players who were left out, and things are slightly tilted toward electric players as the set progresses, although that is probably understandable, since getting the guitar plugged in is what made it work in large ensembles in the first place. It's hard to argue with a piano, but a case could be made (and this set assembles ample evidence) that the electric guitar was the defining popular musical instrument of the 20th century, and certainly the dom...
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 St. Louis Tickle - Various Artists/Vess L. Ossman
  2. 2 Chain Gang Blues - Sam Moore
  3. 3 Savoy Blues - Johnny St. Clair/Lonnie Johnson
  4. 4 You're the One For Me - Sol Hoopii
  5. 5 Add a Little Wiggle - Eddie Lang
  6. 6 Clowin' the Frets - Eddie Bush
  7. 7 California Blues - King Benny Nawahi's Red Devils
  8. 8 Dinah / How'nt I Doin' - Roy Smeck
  9. 9 Who's Sorry Now - Eddie Condon
  10. 10 Danzan - Carl Kress & Dick McDonough
  11. 11 China Boy - Otto "Coco" Heimal
  12. 12 Minnahaha - Sam Koki
  13. 13 Swingin' on the Strings - The Ink Spots
  14. 14 Honeysuckle Rose - Django Reinhardt
  15. 15 Guitar Swing - Casey Bill Weldon
  16. 16 Love Me or Leave Me - Eddie Durham/Freddie Green
  17. 17 Whispering - Oscar Alem n
  18. 18 Pickin' For Patsy - Allan Reuss
  19. 19 Little Rock Getaway - George Barnes
  20. 20 Solo Flight - Charlie Christian
  21. 21 Buck Jumpin' - Al Casey
  22. 22 Twin Guitar Special - Leon McAuliffe/Eldon Shamblin
  23. 23 I'm Walkin' This Town - Teddy Bunn
  24. 24 Palm Springs Jump - Slim Gaillard
  25. 25 Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You - Oscar Moore
  26. 26 Red Cross - Tiny Grimes
Disc 2:
  1. 1 Ol' Man Rebop - Bill DeArango
  2. 2 On Green Dolphin Street - Barney Kessel
  3. 3 What Is This Thing Called Love - George Van Eps
  4. 4 Body and Soul - Jimmy Raney
  5. 5 My Baby Just Cares For Me - Chuck Wayne
  6. 6 Runnin' Wild - Les Paul
  7. 7 Mountain Melody - Les Paul
  8. 8 Yardbird Suite - Tal Farlow
  9. 9 Boy Nest Door, The - Johnny Smith
  10. 10 Tocata - Laurindo Almeida
  11. 11 I've Got You Under My Skin - Jim Hall
  12. 12 Aguas de Marco (Waters of March) - Joao Gilberto
  13. 13 Bluesette - Toots Thielemans
  14. 14 Midnight Blue - Kenny Burrell
  15. 15 Unit 7 - Wes Montgomery
  16. 16 Naptown Blues - Herb Ellis
  17. 17 Move - Hank Garland
  18. 18 Easy Living - Howard Roberts
  19. 19 Jean de Fleur - Grant Green
  20. 20 Night and Day - Joe Pass
Disc 3:
  1. 1 Clockwise - George Benson
  2. 2 Just Friends - Pat Martino
  3. 3 Taste of Honey, A - Lenny Breau
  4. 4 How Insensitive - Charlie Byrd
  5. 5 Gypsy Queen - Gabor Szabo
  6. 6 June 15, 1967 - Larry Coryell
  7. 7 As We Used to Sing - Sonny Sharrock
  8. 8 Should Be Reversed - Derek Bailey
  9. 9 Manic Depression - Jimi Hendrix
  10. 10 Birds of Fire - John McLaughlin
  11. 11 Coral - Mick Goodrick
  12. 12 Ralph's Piano Waltz - John Abercrombie
  13. 13 Prowler, The - Ralph Towner
  14. 14 Bright Size Life - Pat Metheny
  15. 15 Aqui, Oh - Toninho Horta
  16. 16 Midnight in San Juan - Earl Klugh
Disc 4:
  1. 1 Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile) - Carlos Santana
  2. 2 Inner City Blues - Phil Upchurch
  3. 3 Thumper - Eric Gale
  4. 4 Spiral - Larry Carlton
  5. 5 Captain Fingers - Lee Ritenour
  6. 6 Mr. Spock - Allan Holdsworth
  7. 7 Race With the Devil on Spanish Highway - Al di Meola
  8. 8 Cause We've Ended as Lovers - Jeff Beck
  9. 9 Church - James Blood Ulmer
  10. 10 Ron Carter - Bill Frisell
  11. 11 Hottentot - John Scofield
  12. 12 Postize - Marc Ribot
  13. 13 Fat Time - Mike Stern
Jazz Instrument
Columbia Records
John Scofield; Victor Young; Richard M. Jones; Tommy Rockwell; John Hammond; Herman Rose; Eli Oberstein
Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
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SPARS Coding:
308 : 53
Editorial Reviews:
Down Beat (p.81) - 4.5 stars out of 5 - "[W]hat really juices this joint is the contributions from the relative unknowns who brought the six-string guitar away from its origins as poor relation to the banjo and the Hawaiian steel guitar and into its contemporary role..." JazzTimes (p.93) - "For some, the stunning revelation here will be the masterful clarity of Barney Kessely. For others, it will be the sensuous ear candy of George Van Eps..."
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