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January 29, 2007

January 13, 2007 - Our World Looses a Great Saxophone Player

After a two and a half year battle with MDS and leukemenia, Michael Brecker, aged 57, passed away on January 13, 2007 in a New York hospital. Michael Brecker was the most influential tenor sax player of the last 25 years. Brecker recorded a final album while being very sick, he managed to finish it the beginning of January.

He will be greatly missed.

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January 26, 2007

Tommy Emmanuel - Guitar Boogie [Video]

Anyone heard of Tommy Emmanuel? Probably you do, but he's new to me. He's unbelievable, he swings like hell and has a super fast picking technique. Check out this video:

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January 23, 2007

Amazing George Benson Solo Over Take 5 [Video]

I ran into this video of George Benson playing Take Five at John's new jazz guitar blog. It's an outtake from a concert in 1976. George Benson's solo is amazing, so fluent, so rhythmic, so much swing... The way he stands on the stage, so relaxed, so natural, he seems to be one with his guitar.

Here's a transcription of the Take 5 theme.
And some George Benson licks.

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January 20, 2007

Stanley Jordan Plays 2 Guitars at Once

Here's a video of Stanley Jordan playing Autumn Leaves at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Stanley Jordan is known for his piano-style jazz guitar playing, and in this video he plays on 2 guitars at the same time. There's a guitar on a stand, on wich he plays the single note lines and one around his neck that is used for chord accompaniment. What he does is simply amazing! I wonder though if I would like his music without the visuals and without knowing that it is tap guitar that I am listening to. His music never really touched me, but it's been a long time since I last checked him out and I must say this version of Autumn Leaves swings a lot and Stanley plays a great solo. Also check out the bass player, he swings as hell.

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January 8, 2007

Gilbert Isbin : Introduction

Hi, I am Gilbert Isbin, Belgian acoustic fingerstyle jazz guitarist.

I released thus far 16 albums as a solo artist or in collaboration with a.o. Joe Fonda, Cameron Brown, Jeff Gauthier, Scott Walton, Ernst Reijseger, Hugh Hopper, Jatinder Thakur, ...

My initial inspirations were Joe Pass, Ralph Towner, Bill Connors (in his ECM period), John McLaughlin, Lenny Breau, Bill Evans, Paul Bley, Egberto Gismonti but also classical composers like Leo Brouwer, Charles Ives, or folkartists like Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, etc. to name a few.

For more on my musical activites please visit,

Some of my compositions have been published by Berben Ediziones Musicales (Italy) and Copa (Belgium) others, a 50 thus far, can be found on

Into the future I want introduce you to the different aspects of fingerstyle jazz playing, fingerstyle improvising tools, hot fingerstyle licks, interesting chords, doing some interviews, reviewing CDs, ... If you are a fingerstyle jazzplayer and want to be reviewed, contact me.

Look out for a forthcoming interview of mine with S.D. Anderson, a close friend of Lenny Breau and amazing fingerstyle jazz guitarplayer who released the CD 'Remembering the Rain', a solo guitar tribute to Bill Evans. Stephen also wrote 'Visions', a book on Lenny Breau's style. More later.


January 4, 2007

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