Once I first heard Billy Gibbons I was floored! The way he can make the guitar sustain and have a note sing for days by using vibrato on the guitar strings. I studied Billy Gibbons technique, practiced all the song he recorded, dialed in his monster tones, and went to work. For more on legendary guitarist Billy Gibbons Click on link and http://www.zztop.com/
Steve Vai first stepped into the spotlight in 1980 as a guitarist in Frank Zappa's band. But Vai's indelible contribution to music came during his solo career, which includes combined sales of nearly six million albums. His debut - "Flex-Able" (1984, self-released) – set the stage for Vai's most influential and best-selling album – "Passion and Warfare" (1990, Relativity). The album expanded the lexicon of rock guitar and ushered in an era of guitar virtuosos in the early '90s.
Not only did Vai's music have a huge on influence contemporary hard rock, so did his guitar. In 1987, Vai helped guitar-maker Ibanez design the JEM, and then in 1989, the Universe 7-String guitar, which provided the low-end rumble many guitarists were craving.
In addition to his influence on musical inspiration and innovation, Vai began branching out into the business of music by launching his own record label – Favored Nations. The label struck Grammy gold in 2002 for best pop instrumental album for "No Substitutions" by Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather.
Recent projects and solo CD’s Steve has been working on are: Eros
Ramazzotti: "e2", "Sound Theories Vol. I & II",Sound Theories Autographed Pack,Flexable Bundle, Real Illusions: Reflections, Live at the Astoria London DVD, G3: Live in Denver DVD.
Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an influential guitarist and record producer. Without Chet Atkins, country music may never have crossed over into the pop charts in the '50s and '60s. Although he has recorded hundreds of solo records, Chet Atkins' largest influence came as a session musician and a record producer. During the '50s and '60s, he helped create the Nashville sound, a style of country music that owed nearly as much to pop as it did to honky tonks.
Chet Atkins made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in 1946. That same year, he made his first records, recording for Bullet. Upon receiving the call from RCA, he moved to Nashville to record. Once he arrived in Nashville, Chet recorded eight tracks for the label, five of which featured the guitarist singing. Impressed by his playing, Sholes made Atkins the studio guitarist for all of RCA studio's Nashville sessions in 1949. Steve Sholes left for New York in 1957 to act as head of pop A&R, leaving Atkins as the manager of RCA's Nashville division.
Chet Atkins had his first Top 5 hit in 1965 with a reworking of Boots Randolph's "Yakety Sax," retitled "Yakety Axe;" in addition to being a sizable country hit, the song crossed over to the pop charts. Chet Atkins produced hits for the majority of RCA's Nashville acts, including Elvis Presley and Eddy Arnold, and discovered a wealth of talent, including Don Gibson, Waylon Jennings, Floyd Cramer, Charley Pride, Bobby Bare, and Connie Smith. Because of his consistent track record, Atkins was promoted to vice-president of RCA's country division when Steve Sholes died in 1968.
In 1982, he left the RCA label and signed with Columbia, releasing his first album for the label, Work It Out With Chet Atkins, in 1983. Chet Atkins earned numerous awards, including 11 Grammy awards and nine CMA "Instrumentalist of the Year" honors, as well as "Lifetime Achievement Award" from NARAS.
Even though Chet Atkin's is no longer with us, his music and solo will always be!
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Legendary Guitarist Steve Khan became a key member of the Brecker Brothers Band. The Brecker Brothers are of course the incredibly talented duo of Saxophone/EWI Legend Michael Brecker, and Trumpet/Flugelhorn Legend, Randy Brecker.
Steve’s first recordings as a leader were a trio of well-received albums for Columbia Records titled: "TIGHTROPE", "THE BLUE MAN" and, "ARROWS." These recordings featured Michael and Randy Brecker, David Sanborn, Don Grolnick, Will Lee, Steve Gadd, as well as Mike Mainieri and Rick Marotta.
Even though Steve has appeared on countless recordings, he is a Master of it all! His work on his Solo Projects really well represents all of his influences and creative expressions. Here are some of Steve’s most recent works and my impressions.
On Steve’s “GOT MY MENTAL”('94) CD. Steve incorporates bebop, Latin, and straightahead Jazz. Steve adds what I call "colors" to each composition to keep the interest of the listener. This is the first of three recordings which featured the rhythm tandem of John Patitucci(Ac. Bass) and Jack DeJohnette(Drums)
On Steve’s "YOU ARE HERE”('98) CD is co-leader project with the brilliant keyboard artist, Rob Mounsey. On this one, Steve plays all Acoustic guitars. He uses rich tones and colors on each composition. Rob adds complex layered textures, and Latin percussion legend, Marc Quiñones brings his sense of the rhythms from the great Afro-Cuban tradition. Different Rhythms for different cultures!!
On Steve’s "THE GREEN FIELD"('05) CD. Steve incorporates more straightahead Jazz with Precision and a blues guitar tones. He also adds different colors for each composition. Again, he is joined by John Patitucci(Ac. Bass) and Jack DeJohnette(Drums) with the return of longtime Eyewitness collaborator, Manolo Badrena(Perc. & Voice).
On Steve’s "BORROWED TIME"('07) CD. Steve chooses to again interpret the compositions of Keyboard Legends Thelonious Monk and McCoy Tyner, plus Sax Legend Ornette Coleman. He also brings us his father, Sammy Cahn's obscure but beautiful ballad, "You're My Girl." The recording is, yet again, graced by the presence of John Patitucci; Jack DeJohnette; Manolo Badrena; Randy Brecker; Bob Mintzer; and tabla great, Badal Roy.
On Steve’s Latest Release "THE SUITCASE" which is a double live CD set. Steve is giving it up! He incorporates Fusion, Bebop, Straightahead Jazz and even Rock. Here, he holds nothing back and uses different effects for varied colors, while transforming pristine clean tones to aggressive overdrive on "What I'm Said". Steve is constantly engaged in a dialog with other-worldly riffs from Anthony Jackson while both are propelled by the super-human efforts of Dennis Chambers. This may well be the greatest recording for all three of these players!!! AllAboutJazz.com just listed "THE SUITCASE" as one of the 10 best recordings released in 2008!!!
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Another guitarist who inspired me with his feel, touch, tones and improvisation is Legendary Guitarist Dennis Budimir and Wrecking Crew member which included fellow guitarist’s (Glen Campbell, Barney Kessel, Tommy Tedesco, Al Casey, Carol Kaye, Billy Strange, Rene Hall, Don Peake, Howard Roberts, James Burton, Jerry Cole, Bill Aken, Mike Deasy, Doug Bartenfeld, Ray Pohlman, Bill Pitman, Irv Rubins and Louie Shelton.)
Dennis Budimir has also worked with Chico Hamilton, Eric Dolphy, Bud Shank, Quincy Jones, Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Julie London, Herbie Hancock,Harry Nilsson, Ravi Shankar, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Ringo Starr just to name a few!
Dennis Budimir has hundreds of film credits which would include:
City Slickers, All The President.s Men, M*A*S*H, High Plains Drifter, Body
Heat, Airport, Caddy Shack, Silent Movie, North Dallas Forty, Ordinary
People, Saturday Night Fever, Norma Rae, Sugarland Express Just to name a few!
Dennis Budimir played on more films than most people see in a lifetime. His TV, record date, and commercial performances are equally as impressive and comprehensive. Suffice it to say that Dennis Budimir is one of the most often-heard instrumentalists in the world!
Dennis Budimir takes you on an incredible musical journey on his latest solo release The Soul Of Dennis Budimir that is played with a tremendous amount of emotion and true jazz feeling on some of the greatest pieces of music ever written!
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Legendary guitarist Mike Miller is a guitarist known for playing various styles of music including jazz fusion, rock, pop and more. He has been a member of bands including Chick Corea, Bette Midler, Yellowjackets, Gino Vanelli, Chad Wackerman, Vinnie Colaiuta, Quincy Jones, Brand X, and Burton Cummings.
Legendary guitarist Mike Miller is also credited with performing in film scores for former Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh and in the Frank Zappa alumni band Banned From Utopia.
Mike Miller has also released two albums under his own name in "Save The Moon" (1997) and "World Goes Round" (2008)
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Composer, producer, recording engineer and amazing guitarist Denny Jiosa’s abilities have been around the music scene for some time. Denny Jiosa’s ﬁve previous CD releases and a string of chart-topping singles have earned Denny a steadfast following. His most popular single, Lights of the City, garnered a SESAC national airplay award. In addition to his work as a producer, he is credited both as guitarist and recording engineer on several Grammy nominated releases. Dreams Like This once again ends Denny among friends, in the ranks of world–class musicians, including Chester Thompson (Genesis, Santana, Frank Zappa); Chris Kent (Take 6, Larry Carlton); Glen Caruba (Kirk Whalum, Glen Frey); Pat Coil (Pat Metheny, Michael McDonald), and fellow artists Dan Moretti and Rob McGaha.
You can hear composer, guitarist Denny Jiosa’s influences that range from Wes Montgomery to melodic rock of Carlos Santana, straight-ahead jazz, Latin, smooth jazz and cinematic landscapes all unfold effortlessly giving us a glimpse of Denny’s prodigious musical vocabulary. Denny Jiosa has an uncanny way of expressing deep emotions through the twists, turns and nuances of his seductive melodies.
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When I first heard Allan Holdsworth and his guitar tones I was floor! He had away to make the guitar sound like nothing I ever heard before! Allan was another huge influence on my tone and playing. Here is some history on this Guitar Legend.
Jazz/rock guitarist and composer Allan Holdsworth, has played many different styles of music over a period of five decades, but is best known for his amazing guitar and tone within the jazz fusion genre.
In the early 1970s, Allan Holdsworth joined Tempest, releasing the albums Tempest (1973) and Living in Fear (1974) during his brief time spent with the band. Following this, Holdsworth worked with various popular jazz fusion groups and artists, including Gong, Soft Machine, The New Tony Williams Lifetime, Jean-Luc Ponty and, later in the decade, the progressive rock band UK.
Allan Holdsworth first official solo album came in the form of I.O.U. in 1982, after which he embarked on a solo career that spanned five albums during the 1980s (continuing with another four in the 1990s). After the release of I.O.U., Holdsworth was brought to the attention of Warner Bros. Records executive Mo Ostin by Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen. This lead to the 1983 vinyl-only release of the Road Games EP (which was later reissued for CD format in 2001). Van Halen later stated in Guitar Player magazine that Holdsworth was a major influence on his playing.
Throughout the years, Allan Holdsworth has developed and perfected a highly unique playing style that involves the prominent use of both arpeggiated and full chords (often with delay, chorus and other complicated effects), various legato techniques (including a specialised variation of the pull-off, which works more akin to a 'reversed' hammer-on and a delicate use of volume swells to create an ethereal, otherworldly atmosphere. Allan Holdsworth was also the first to Incorporate the Synth Axe into his music. This can be heard on the recording Atavachron.
CD's include:Against the Clock: The Best of Allan Holdsworth, The Sixteen Men of Tain, All Night Wrong, Road Games, Metal Fatigue, Atavachron, Secrets, Hard Hat Area, Metal Fatigue. Allan Holdsworth DVD's include: Allan Holdsworth and Live at Yoshi's.
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Tommy Tedesco (July 3, 1930 – November 10, 1997) was an master session musician and renowned jazz and bebop guitarist.
Tommy Tedesco was described by "Guitar Player" magazine as the most recorded guitarist in history, having played on thousands of recordings. Tommy Tedesco recorded with most of the top musicians working in the Los Angeles area including the Beach Boys, Everly Brothers, The Association, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, Cher, Nancy and Frank Sinatra. For Guitar Player, Tedesco wrote a regular column called "Studio Log" in which he would describe a day's work recording a movie, TV show or album, the special challenges each job posed and how he solved them, what instruments he used, and how much money he made on the job.
Tommy Tedesco's credits, to name a few, include the themes to television's Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, Green Acres, M*A*S*H, Batman, Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special,Fernwood 2 Night,The French Connection, The Godfather, Jaws, The Deer Hunter, Field of Dreams,The Rocky Horror Show,The Ant and the Aardvark cartoons (1968-1971).
Tommy Tedesco, along with many of his fellow studio musicians, was featured in the 95-minute 2008 film The Wrecking Crew by his son, Denny Tedesco. The film has screened at several festivals, but has not yet been commercially released.
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Robben Ford is one of the premiere electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A four-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Claus Ogerman, Michael McDonald, and many, many others.
Robben’s first attempt at forming his own jazz quartet was picked up by legendary blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon, bringing Robben to L.A. He toured the U.S. and Europe with Witherspoon and was seen by Tom Scott, and members of The L.A. Express, who were about to begin a promotional tour with Joni Mitchell for her recording “Court and Spark”. Ford was invited to play guitar on the tour and played on two recordings with Mitchell and The L.A. Express.
Robben’s 1988 release for Warner Brothers, “Talk to Your Daughter” brought his first Grammy nomination (Best Contemporary Blues Recording) and he started touring the world under his own name. After leaving Warner Brothers, Robben signed with Stretch/GRP records. Robben recorded three CDs for them with his band “The Blue Line” (Tom Brechtlein on drums and Roscoe Beck on bass). After eight years, Robben disbanded the group and recorded two more CDs for the label which had then become Stretch/Blue Thumb: “Tiger Walk” (an instrumental recording done in New York with Keith Richard’s rhythm section) and “Supernatural”, Ford’s most accomplished work up to that point as a songwriter.
Robben then signed with Concord Records, the largest independently owned record company. In 2002, he released “Blue Moon”, and in 2003 “Keep on Runnin’”.
Robben Ford'd most recent recording include: Truth,Jing Chi,Jing Chi Live CD,Handful of Blues,Supernatural. DVD's include: The Art Of Blues Rhythm,"Playing the Blues","The Blues and Beyond", Robben Ford & The Blue Line LIVE "Ohne Filter".
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My Good Friend Chris Kent won a Grammy with Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather's project, No Substitutions. Chris Kent is also on the DVD. Currently, Chris plays bass with country artist Lorrie Morgan. Chris is also on of the top A list session players in Nashville. Chris also does a lot of jazz, r&b and blues around town in Nashville.
Chris also has a New CD out Smooth Worship.
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Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an singer and songwriter whose guitar playing continues to be a considerable influence on rock music. After initial success in Europe, he achieved fame in the United States following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Later, Hendrix headlined the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
Jimi Hendrix pioneered the explosive possibilities of the electric guitar. Hendrix's innovative style of combining fuzz, feedback and controlled distortion created a new musical form. After being discharged due to an injury he received during a parachute jump, Jimmy began working as a session guitarist under the name Jimmy James. By the end of 1965, Jimmy had played with several marquee acts, including Ike and Tina Turner, Sam Cooke, the Isley Brothers, and Little Richard.
In the fall of 1966 Jimi Hendrix Experience quickly became the talk of London Featuring drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding. The Experience's first single, "Hey Joe," spent ten weeks on the UK charts, topping out at spot No. 6 in early 1967. The debut single was quickly followed by the release of a full-length album Are You Experienced.
It wasn't until he returned to America in June 1967 that he ignited the crowd at the Monterey International Pop Festival with his incendiary performance of "Wild Thing." Literally overnight, The Jimi Hendrix Experience became one of most popular and highest grossing touring acts in the world. It also has been told that Jimi Hendrix was the first singer to use vibrato.
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Steve Morse's career has encompassed rock, country, funk, jazz, classical, and fusion of these musical genres. During the 1970s, the University of Miami played host to a number of future influential musicians, including Bruce Hornsby, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius and others. Andy West also enrolled at the University of Miami and, with Morse, drummer Bart Yarnall, keyboardist Frank Josephs and violinist Allen Sloan, collaborated in a lab project entitled Rock Ensemble II. Rehearsing and performing Morse's compositions at the University of Miami.
upon Morse's graduation from the University of Miami in 1975, he and West officially named the group Dixie Dregs. A fellow University of Miami alumnus, Rod Morgenstein, replaced the injured Bart Yarnall. in late 1976, the group was signed by the vaunted southern rock label.
Their first effort for Capricorn, Free Fall, established Morse as an important newcomer to the fusion genre, and he was recognized for both his compositional skills (having written all 11 tracks) and his consummate musicianship.
In 1979. Production control was handed to Morse, and Dregs of the Earth was released in May 1980. All eight tracks were written by Morse, and the album peaked at number 27 on Billboard's Jazz Album Chart.
Steve Morse is considered one of the most accomplished guitarists, playing in a wide variety of genres. He is known for his stylistically diverse compositional skills and virtuosic abilities, and was voted "Best Overall Guitarist" by Guitar Player magazine for five years in a row! Qualifying him for their "Guitar Player Hall of Fame", the only other member being Steve Howe of Yes.
Recently, Morse has played on four Deep Purple studio albums, as well as seven of their live albums. Steve Morse currently still remains Deep Purple's guitarist.
recordings include: The Introduction,Stand Up, High Tension Wires,Southern Steel,Coast To Coast,Structural Damage,StressFest,Major Impacts. DVD"s Include: Sects, Dregs & Rock 'n' Roll,Live In Baden-Baden Germany March 1990
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When I first heard B.B. King on the "Live In Cook County Jail" recording. I was floored how much heart and soul goes into every note B.B. King plays and sings. B.B. King is the main reason I started incorporating blues in my playing, Below is some history on this Legendary guitarist!
For more than half a century, Riley B. King - better known as B.B. King - has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has released over fifty albums, many of them classics. B.B.'s first big break came in 1948 when he performed on Sonny Boy Williamson's radio program on KWEM out of West Memphis. This led to steady engagements at the Sixteenth Avenue Grill in West Memphis, and later to a ten-minute spot on black-staffed and managed Memphis radio station WDIA. "King's Spot," became so popular, it was expanded and became the "Sepia Swing Club." Soon B.B. needed a catchy radio name. What started out as Beale Street Blues Boy was shortened to Blues Boy King, and eventually B.B. King.
After B.B. King's number one hit, "Three O'Clock Blues," B.B. began touring nationally. In 1956, B.B. and his band played an astonishing 342 one-night stands! B.B. has developed one of the world's most identifiable guitar styles. He borrowed from Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise and complex vocal-like string bends and his left hand vibrato, both of which have become indispensable components of rock guitarist's vocabulary. B.B. King has been a model, from Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Jeff Beck, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton and all styles of guitarist, from Rock, Blues, Jazz, Fusion, Country.
B.B. was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He received NARAS' Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1987, and has received honorary doctorates from Tougaloo(MS) College in 1973; Yale University in 1977; Berklee College of Music in 1982; Rhodes College of Memphis in 1990; Mississippi Valley State University in 2002 and Brown University in 2007. In 1992, he received the National Award of Distinction from the University of Mississippi.
B.B.'s most popular crossover hit, 1970's "The Thrill Is Gone," went to #15 pop. B.B. continues to tour extensively, averaging over 250 concerts per year around the world.
B.B. Kings recent recordings include: One Kind Favor,Playlist Plus,B.B. King Live,Indianola Mississippi Seeds,Chronicles [3 CD Box Set]. DVD's include: B.B. King Live, Blues Summit Concert,BB King Blues Session,Live at Nicks.
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Jerry Reed (March 20, 1937 – September 1, 2008), was an American country music singer, country guitarist, session musician, songwriter, and actor who appeared in over a dozen films.
Known in country music as "The Guitar Man," singer-songwriter Jerry Reed gained recognition not only for a successful solo career but also as an actor and ace session player. Jerry Reed was signed by publisher and producer Bill Lowery to cut his first record, "If the Good Lord's Willing and the Creeks Don't Rise," at age 18. He continued releasing both country and rockabilly singles to little notice until rocker Gene Vincent covered his "Crazy Legs" in 1958.
Jerry Reed may be best known for "Amos Moses", and "When You're Hot, You're Hot", for which he received the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1972 and "East Bound and Down", the theme song to the film Smokey and the Bandit in which he portrayed the "Snowman", Cledus Snow.
In 1971 Jerry Reed's biggest hit, the chart-topper "When You're Hot, You're Hot," which was also the title track of his first solo album and reached #9 on the Pop charts. A second collaboration with Atkins, Me & Chet, followed in 1972, as did a series of Top 40 singles, which alternated between frenetic, straightforward country offerings and more pop-flavored, countrypolitan material. A year later, he scored his second number one single with "Lord, Mr. Ford" (written by Dick Feller), from the album of the same name.
Chet Atkins, who frequently produced Reed's music, remarked that he had to encourage Reed to put instrumental numbers on his own albums, as Reed always considered himself more of a songwriter than a player. Atkins, however, thought Reed was a better fingerstyle player than he himself was; Reed, according to Atkins, helped him work out the fingerpicking for one of Atkins' biggest hits, "Yakety Axe." Reed, one of only three people to have the title of "Certified Guitar Player", was given this title by Chet Atkins. An award only bestowed to those who have completely mastered guitar.
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Steve Lukathers father bought him a guitar (a simple Kay acoustic) and a copy of Meet the Beatles at the age of seven, Luke started to play drums and keyboards. The guitar and the Beatles album changed the life of the young Steve Lukather. In the years following Steve Lukather taught himself how to play the guitar. Steve hung out with older friends who showed him how to play and how to set the chords. At high school he met the Porcaro brothers who were a couple of years older than him. Steve started taking lessons with (classical/jazz/country player) Jimmy Wyble. Jimmy Wyble taught Steve how to read and he took a lot of other classes, like orchestration.
During his high school period especially Jeff Porcaro turned out to be like a brother and mentor for Steve Lukather. After playing and touring with Boz Scaggs, David Paich and Jeff Porcaro asked Steve Lukather, Bobby Kimball, David Hungate and Steve Porcaro in 1976 to join for their own band Toto. In the meantime David Paich, Jeff Porcaro and people like Jay Graydon involved Lukather more and more in the session business. In the late seventies and the eighties Lukather showed himself a first class and first called session musician, who played with everybody on the planet!
In September 1977 Toto released their first album Toto that generated the hit singles Hold the line, I'll supply the love and Georgy Porgy. The year 1982 turned out to be the most successful (commercially) in Toto's and Lukather's career. Lukather, Paich and Jeff and Steve Porcaro contributed heavily to Michael Jackson's Thriller album, that turned out to be the most successful album in music history ever (over 50 million copies). The album Toto IV went platinum and the hitsingles Rosanna and Africa became all time classics. A year later Toto received six golden grammophones at the Grammy Awards in relation to Toto IV and Lukather gained a Grammy for best rhythm & blues song Turn your love around, co-written with Jay Graydon and Bill Champlin.
After touring with Jeff Beck, Simon Phillips and Carlos Santana in Japan, Lukather released in 1989 his first solo album Lukather, music wise a very heterogeneous album with contributions of lots of musical friends he respected and had worked with: Michael Landau, Danny Kortchmar, Randy Goodrum, Eddie Van Halen, David Paich, Steve Stevens, Jeff Porcaro, Richard Marx etc. In the same year he released the first (self-titled) album of his side project Los Lobotomys, live recorded with the cream of westcoast musicians like David Garfield, Jeff Porcaro, Vince Colaiuta and Will Lee.
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Jim Hall, born in Buffalo, and educated at the Cleveland Institute of Music, moved to Los Angeles where he began to attract national, and then international, attention in the late 1950s. By 1960 Jim had arrived in New York to work with Sonny Rollins and Art Farmer, among others. Jim Hall's live and recorded collaborations with Bill Evans, Paul Desmond, and Ron Carter, are legendary. Not only is Jim Hall one of the jazz world's favorite guitarists, but he has also earned critical acclaim for his skills as a composer and arranger.
In addition to the recent focus on orchestral and choral composition, Jim remains active as a player, working and recording with a variety of ensembles all around the world. In addition to working with his trio, Jim likes to spice up the mix with various guests. From time to time you might hear Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, the New York Voices, Kenny Barron, Pat Metheny, Slide Hampton, and others, working for a night or two with Jim's groups.
Jim’s latest projects, “Magic Meeting,” a CD featuring the Jim Hall Trio with Scott Colley and Lewis Nash, was recorded live and Hemispheres". It began as a duo project with Bill Frisell and then it grew from duet to quartet. The quartet incudes: Scott Colley on bass and Joey Baron on drums.
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Session musician and guitarist Michael Landau has played on albums since the early 1980s with artists as varied as Seal, Steve Perry, Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona, James Taylor, Helen Watson, Wilson Phillips, Amy Holland, Joni Mitchell, Richard Marx, Miles Davis and Vasco Rossi. Along with fellow session guitarists Waddy Wachtel, Steve Lukather and Dann Huff, he played on many major label releases recorded in LA during the 1980s-1990s. He has reportedly appeared on over 600 albums and soundtrack recordings.
As a teenager Michael Landau quickly became very interested in jazz and electric jazz music. In the mid-1970s he toured the west coast as part of The Robben Ford Band, at 19 joined Boz Scaggs for a world tour and by the age of 20 he started to do session work. Notable sessions over the coming years would include Richard Marx, Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, B. B. King, James Taylor, Seal, Ray Charles and Rod Stewart.
In 1989 he released his first solo album "Tales from the Bulge", an instrumental record initially released in Japan and on Creatchy records in the US. Wayne Shorter, Steve Tavaglione, Vinnie Colaiuta, Carlos Vega, Steve Lukather and Jimmy Johnson were among some of the players on this release.
In 1990 he formed the band "Burning Water" with brother Teddy Landau, David Frazee and Carlos Vega. They put out 4 discs of original material. In 1993 he won the readers poll for Best Studio Guitarist in Guitar Player Magazine. He currently tours and performs with his own Group, Hazey Jane, Dustin Boyer, Kirk Fletcher, Robben Ford, The Jazz Ministry, Stolen Fish, The Wreckers and James Taylor.
Michael Landau's most recent project, "The Michael Landau Group Live"..
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One of the first guitar players I ever heard was Eric Clapton with Cream. Once I heard Eric Clapton's tone he got out of a Gibson SG, 335 and Marshall Stacks I was hooked. I started wood shedding on my first guitar and Sears Silvertone amp on 10! Below is some history on Legendary Guitarist Eric Clapton.
In October 1963, Keith Relf and Paul Samwell-Smith recruited Eric clapton to become a member of The Yardbirds. During his 18-month tenure with The Yardbirds, he earned his nickname, Slowhand, and recorded his first albums: Five Live Yardbirds and Sonny Boy Williamson and The Yardbirds. In April 1965, John Mayall invited Eric to join his band, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. With this group, Clapton established his reputation as a guitarist and earned his second nickname: “God”. It came from an admirer’s graffiti on the wall of London’s Islington Tube Station that boldly proclaimed “Clapton is God.
After leaving the Bluesbreakers for a second and final time in July 1966, Eric teamed up with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker to form Cream. Extensive touring in the U.S. and three solid albums - Fresh Cream, Disraeli Gears, and Wheels of Fire - brought the band worldwide acclaim. Following Cream’s break-up, Clapton founded Blind Faith rock’s first “supergroup” - with Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker, and Rick Grech. In the summer of 1970, Eric formed Derek and the Dominos with Jim Gordon, Carl Radle and Bobby Whitlock from Delaney & Bonnie’s band . The Dominos would go on to record the seminal rock album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.
After 461 Ocean Boulevard, Eric reinvented himself musically. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, albums and tours would follow year in and year out. In 1994, Eric returned to his blues roots with the release of From The Cradle. The album was Clapton’s tribute to his musical heroes and contained cover versions of blues classics. 1998, he released the soul-influenced Pilgrim, his first album of all new material in nine years. In 2000, he continued his love affair with the blues when he recorded an album with American blues legend, B.B. King. Riding With The King was released in June and within three weeks of release, was certified gold.
The Road To Escondido was released on 7 November 2006 to critical acclaim. It won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album (Vocal or Instrumental) at the 50th Annual Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles on 10 February 2008. In his more than 40 year career, Eric Clapton has received many awards. He is the only triple inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame (as a member of both the Yardbirds and Cream and as a solo artist). He has also won or shared in eighteen Grammy Awards.
Recent recordings include:Complete Clapton,The Cream of Clapton,Clapton Chronicles,Eric Clapton. DVD's include: Crossroads: Eric Clapton Guitar Festival 2007,Eric Clapton - One More Car One More Rider,Eric Clapton - Unplugged,Eric Clapton - Live in Hyde Park.
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By NY Times: Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments
"A deep fear came to pass for many artists, museums, and cultural organizations nationwide early Thursday morning when President Trump, in his first federal budget plan, proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
President Trump also proposed scrapping the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a key revenue source for PBS and National Public Radio stations, as well as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars."
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Between the late 60s and the late 70s Jay played on practically every "A" list session in Los Angeles, acquiring a glowing reputation as an ace studio guitarist/ solo specialist on numerous albums with Barbara Streisand, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, The Jackson Five, Cheap Trick, Christopher Cross, Ray Charles, Cher, Joe Cocker, Marvin Gaye, Hall & Oates, Olivia Newton-John, and Albert King just to name a few.
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