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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 dominant ensemble instrument for the last half of it. Progressions: 100 Years of Jazz Guitar suggests that the possibilities for the guitar are far from exhausted as the musical time line begins to edge deeper into the 21st century. A beautiful set. ~ Steve Leggett

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    UPC 696998646223
    Runtime 308 min.
    Type Collection
    Genre Jazz Instrument
    Sub Genre Bebop
    Label Columbia Records
    Producer John Scofield; Victor Young; Richard M. Jones; Tommy Rockwell; John Hammond; Herman Rose; Eli Oberstein
    Number of Discs 4
    Track Listing Disc 1
    • 1. St. Louis Tickle - Various Artists/Vess L. Ossman
    • 2. Chain Gang Blues - Sam Moore
    • 3. Savoy Blues - Johnny St. Clair/Lonnie Johnson
    • 4. You're the One For Me - Sol Hoopii
    • 5. Add a Little Wiggle - Eddie Lang
    • 6. Clowin' the Frets - Eddie Bush
    • 7. California Blues - King Benny Nawahi's Red Devils
    • 8. Dinah / How'nt I Doin' - Roy Smeck
    • 9. Who's Sorry Now - Eddie Condon
    • 10. Danzan - Carl Kress & Dick McDonough
    • 11. China Boy - Otto "Coco" Heimal
    • 12. Minnahaha - Sam Koki
    • 13. Swingin' on the Strings - The Ink Spots
    • 14. Honeysuckle Rose - Django Reinhardt
    • 15. Guitar Swing - Casey Bill Weldon
    • 16. Love Me or Leave Me - Eddie Durham/Freddie Green
    • 17. Whispering - Oscar Alem n
    • 18. Pickin' For Patsy - Allan Reuss
    • 19. Little Rock Getaway - George Barnes
    • 20. Solo Flight - Charlie Christian
    • 21. Buck Jumpin' - Al Casey
    • 22. Twin Guitar Special - Leon McAuliffe/Eldon Shamblin
    • 23. I'm Walkin' This Town - Teddy Bunn
    • 24. Palm Springs Jump - Slim Gaillard
    • 25. Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You - Oscar Moore
    • 26. Red Cross - Tiny Grimes
    Disc 2
    • 1. Ol' Man Rebop - Bill DeArango
    • 2. On Green Dolphin Street - Barney Kessel
    • 3. What Is This Thing Called Love - George Van Eps
    • 4. Body and Soul - Jimmy Raney
    • 5. My Baby Just Cares For Me - Chuck Wayne
    • 6. Runnin' Wild - Les Paul
    • 7. Mountain Melody - Les Paul
    • 8. Yardbird Suite - Tal Farlow
    • 9. Boy Nest Door, The - Johnny Smith
    • 10. Tocata - Laurindo Almeida
    • 11. I've Got You Under My Skin - Jim Hall
    • 12. Aguas de Marco (Waters of March) - Joao Gilberto
    • 13. Bluesette - Toots Thielemans
    • 14. Midnight Blue - Kenny Burrell
    • 15. Unit 7 - Wes Montgomery
    • 16. Naptown Blues - Herb Ellis
    • 17. Move - Hank Garland
    • 18. Easy Living - Howard Roberts
    • 19. Jean de Fleur - Grant Green
    • 20. Night and Day - Joe Pass
    Disc 3
    • 1. Clockwise - George Benson
    • 2. Just Friends - Pat Martino
    • 3. Taste of Honey, A - Lenny Breau
    • 4. How Insensitive - Charlie Byrd
    • 5. Gypsy Queen - Gabor Szabo
    • 6. June 15, 1967 - Larry Coryell
    • 7. As We Used to Sing - Sonny Sharrock
    • 8. Should Be Reversed - Derek Bailey
    • 9. Manic Depression - Jimi Hendrix
    • 10. Birds of Fire - John McLaughlin
    • 11. Coral - Mick Goodrick
    • 12. Ralph's Piano Waltz - John Abercrombie
    • 13. Prowler, The - Ralph Towner
    • 14. Bright Size Life - Pat Metheny
    • 15. Aqui, Oh - Toninho Horta
    • 16. Midnight in San Juan - Earl Klugh
    Disc 4
    • 1. Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile) - Carlos Santana
    • 2. Inner City Blues - Phil Upchurch
    • 3. Thumper - Eric Gale
    • 4. Spiral - Larry Carlton
    • 5. Captain Fingers - Lee Ritenour
    • 6. Mr. Spock - Allan Holdsworth
    • 7. Race With the Devil on Spanish Highway - Al Di Meola
    • 8. Cause We've Ended as Lovers - Jeff Beck
    • 9. Church - James Blood Ulmer
    • 10. Ron Carter - Bill Frisell
    • 11. Hottentot - John Scofield
    • 12. Postize - Marc Ribot
    • 13. Fat Time - Mike Stern
    Format Compact Disc
    Spars Coding n/a
    Artists Various
    Dimensions 5.4x4.8x0.4
    Country of Origin United States
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