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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Essential Recordings Volume 1: Acoustic Chordal Solos

Here are some recordings of acoustic chordal solos that I consider essential (and are easily linked to at Classic Jazz Guitar).

Allan Reuss - Allan was the protege of George Van Eps, and when Van Eps didn't want to go on tour with the Benny Goodman band, Reuss took his place. He was the real pulse of the classic Goodman band. He is also reported to have taught Freddie Green how to play rhythm guitar. His chordal style is comes from the Van Eps school.
Arnold Ross Quintet f/Benny Carter - Bye Bye Blues
Lionel Hampton - Rhythm, Rhythm
Jack Teagarden Orchestra - Pickin' for Patsy
Coleman Hawkins - Stuffy
Benny Goodman Orchestra - Rosetta

George Van Eps
- Although he is now famous mostly for inventing and playing 7-string guitar, Van Eps was a fantastic 6-string rhythm and chordal player.
Adrian Rollini Orchestra - Somebody Loves Me
George Van Eps - Ain't Misbeavin'
Jess Stacy - Indiana

Carmen Mastren - Another great rhythm player, Mastren started out with Wingy Manone, but most famously he played with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and even did some arranging for the band. He later joined the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band during World War II.
Delta Four - Swingin' on that Famous Door
Bechet-Spanier Big Four - If I Could Be With You

Carl Kress - Kress' chordal style descended from extented Tenor Guitar / Banjo tuning. He famously recorded duets with Eddie Lang. After Lang's death in 1933, he partnered with Dick McDonough, until that guitarist's death in 1938. Kress also did duets with Tony Mattola, and later George Barnes. Here he is presented without another guitar player.
Edmund Hall All Star Quintet - Seein' Red
Edmund Hall All Star Quintet - Rompin' in '44


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