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Okay, we had the "who is the best" guitar player..

By maecuff ·
How about, who is your favorite guitar player..

Here's mine.

And here he is before he became a guitar god..

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Artie Shaw!

by maxwell edison In reply to Fav Clarinet player

I'm surprised you've even heard of Artie Shaw, but yes, he is worthy of being considered among the best on the clarinet -- right along with the King of Swing himself, Benny Goodman, as evidenced by the Goodman jazz band's 1938 performance recorded live at Carnegie Hall. I have a lot of recordings of both Shaw and Goodman (including that '38 performance).

Artie Shaw's rendition of Stardust is the instrumental version of that tune everyone's familiar with, and it's my father's absolute favorite song.

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by ITgirli In reply to Artie Shaw!

Do you really think that I'm that uneducated? I love Artie Shaw. Goodman is good, too. I listen to a lot of old jazz, blues, and swing.

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I should have known better

by maxwell edison In reply to Surprised?

I wouldn't have said "uneducated", however, but rather unexposed. It's just that not too many people under __ have even heard of some people from the 60s, much less the 40s and 30s. But in your case, I should have known better.

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Max, I was listening to Professor A all morning.

by X-MarCap In reply to I should have known bette ...

Louie and Frank Sinatra duets from 1957...
including Birth of the Blues, wonderful world,etc.

"Birth of the blues" is on the Sinatra Duets CD.

But "The Greatest Duets" is a compilation wax stax album that featues Big Band stuff with Professor A...

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You should have.

by ITgirli In reply to I should have known bette ...

In my 25 years I've tried to expose myself to everything I could find. My tastes are somewhat old fashioned yet diverse.

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Let's get really obscure, Max

by NickNielsen In reply to Surprised?

When was the last time you listened to Jack Teagarden or Bobby Hackett?

Or do you stick to the clarinet sounds?

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I've listened to those guys and more

by maxwell edison In reply to Let's get really obscure, ...

Out of my record album collection, probably 500 or more are of the big band jazz (or tin-pan alley) variety. You name it, I probably have it; and there's a good chance I've even listened to it. And that doesn't take into consideration what I might have on 78 RPM. So no, I don't limit my musical taste. One of my favorites, somebody I play fairly often, is Fats Waller. And I'll tell you another one that might surprise you, if you want some great "mood music" for that perfect romantic candlelight dinner setting, you can't go wrong with Jackie Gleason.

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I'd forgotten about Gleason

by NickNielsen In reply to I've listened to those gu ...

Mostly, I think, because my choice for mood music is slightly different. I grew up listening to an eclectic selection, ranging from Teagarden, Hackett, and Gleason through Monk and Brubeck to Bach, Beethoven, Strauss, and Stravinski. Not to mention the popular artists my parents grew up with (Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Perry Como, etc.).

Unfortunately, any 78s were lost in a move after my father died. I have no idea where the rest of the collection is now, but I'm pretty sure my stepfather still has it.

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I prefer Nat King Cole's version of Stardust.

by X-MarCap In reply to Artie Shaw!

The words to Stardust. The second and third verses rip my heart out...

And now the purple dusk of twilight time
Steals across the meadows of my heart
High up in the sky the little stars climb
Always reminding me that we're apart

You wander down the lane and far away
Leaving me a song that will not die
Love is now the stardust of yesterday
The music of the years gone by

Sometimes I wonder why I spend
The lonely night dreaming of a song
The melody haunts my reverie
And I am once again with you
When our love was new
And each kiss an inspiration
But that was long ago
Now my consolation
Is in the stardust of a song

Beside a garden wall
When stars are bright
You are in my arms
The nightingale tells his fairy tale
A paradise where roses bloom
Though I dream in vain
In my heart it will remain
My stardust melody
The memory of loves refrain

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re: Best/Favorite Guitar Player

by KevLev In reply to Okay, we had the "who is ...

James Marshall Hendrix is "hands down" the most talented, gifted, extremely advanced guitar player to ever strap on a 6 stringer. I think I know what I'm talking about, for I've been playing for 29 years myself. You hear some of these kids today, and you have to laugh at what they think and say sometimes. I've even heard one guy say that Randy Rhoads was a better axeslinger than Jimi. I mean, C'mon, that's hilarious! When you have guys like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend, EV Halen-(to name just a few), and they tell you that there has been nobody since that even comes close to his raw talent and ability, I think they might know what they're talking about, just a little.

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