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Posts: 98
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I'd like to get everyone's views on the great guitar solos in history. When I hear Wes' solo on Unit7 with the Wynton Kelly Trio on the "Smokin' at the Half Note", I generally replay it 2 or 3 times, I've heard it hundreds of times and I just have to say its got to be one of the top Jazz solos here are some of my favorites

1. Wes - Unit 7 - Smoking at the Half Note
2. Joe Pass - I Love You - intercontinental
3. Pat Martino - Along Came Betty

I'm sure Wes occupies several of my top 10 slots (like West Coast Blues, Cottontail

let's hear more, any style


Posts: 15
Reply with quote  #2 
1. Wes - Besame Mucho - Boss Guitar (and so many more Wes solos)
2. Jim Hall - My Funny Valentine - These Rooms
3. Joe Pass - Django - For Django
4. George Benson - 'Round Midnight - George Benson & McCoy Tyner Trio
5. George Benson - Billies Bounce - Verve
6. John Scofield - Swing Spring (the solo and the trading with Joe at the end) - So Near So Far (Joe Henderson)
7. B.B. King - How Blue Can You Get - Live in Cook County Jail
8. Pat Martino - You Don't Know What Love Is - We'll Be Together Again

...I just stop the list here...

Markus Fleischer

Posts: 15
Reply with quote  #3 
I forgot something important:
Oscar Moore - Embraceable You - Nat King Cole

Markus Fleischer

Posts: 175
Reply with quote  #4 
Just 10?
Wow, that's a tough one.
It's easier for "me" to nail down the 10 that made me want to really get into guitar ...  ie; be a guitar player

1 - Jeff Beck, Cause We've ended as Lovers
2 - George Benson, Affirmation
3 - Chuck Berry, Roll Over Beethoven
4 - Pat Martino, Impressions
5 - Mick Ronson, Suffragette City
6 - Wes, SKJ
7 - Charley Christian, Wholly Cats
8 - John McLaughlin, Dance of Maya
9 - Ritchi Blackmore, Highway Star
10 - Atlanta Rhythm Section, Spooky

'Honorable mention' has to go to ...

Duane Allman, One Way Out
Peter Frampton, Do You Feel Like We do
Larry Carlton, Kid Charlemagne
Pat Metheny, Cross the Heartland
Robben Ford, Rock Island Rocket (l.a. express)
Ted Nugent, Just What the Doctor Ordered
Elvin Bishop, Fooled Around and Fell in Love
Barney Kessell, Green Dolphin Street

Ted needs to be mentioned here too.
I didn't buy the 'solo guitar' record until after I was pretty sure that "this" was what I wanted to do. I was fortunate to be able to listen to TG as a fairly young lad at Dales (and later Bobs) guitar store while I was waiting to take my lessons from Daryl Caraco, Brad Rabuchin and 'Chips' Hoover. Needless to say, he totally blew my mind and impressed upon me early on how truly bada** one can be.

ken lasaine

Posts: 12
Reply with quote  #5 
1. Derek Trucks Live at the Beacon Theater - Desdemona. THERE'S A SIIIIICK VIDEO ON YOUTUBE OF THIS!! It changed the way I played guitar.

2. John Coltrane - The Very Best of John Coltrane - its a live version of the song BLUE TRAIN. OH MY GOD!!.... I know its not guitar but i just couldn't help but include it.

3. Jeff Beck's solos at the secret police man's ball on "Further on Up The Road" there's another great vid of this on YouTube.

I could go on forever but this is just a start.


Posts: 121
Reply with quote  #6 
My Dad was an avid listener of jazz and big band when I was a kid, so I was already 'indoctrinated' with the sound of great guitar, but after seven years on the accordian (yes, I can tell some pretty fair accordian jokes), I began playing guitar.  Soon after, George Benson started getting serious airplay and I started stealing, er, evaluating his solos on Breezin' and other LPs.  Back then I didn't have anything to base the stuff on other than copying licks, perhaps that is why I so appreciate all that I am learning here.  I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate the work of Ted Greene and this site, which continues his legacy to those of us not blessed with being able to study directly with him.  I thank you all.


Posts: 1
Reply with quote  #7 
1.  Wes - Four on Six
2.  Pat Martino - Brother Elijah (Willis Jackson "Grease" album)
3.  Pat Martino - Little Shannon (Don Patterson album)
4.  Jim Hall -  East of the Sun w/Paul Desmond
5.  Baden Powell - Apelo
6.  Pat Martino - Once I Loved, Blues for Mickey-O, etc.
7.  Sonny Rollins - Tenor Madness (Sonny's solo, not Coltrane's)
8-10.  Wes - the entire Boss Guitar album


Posts: 8
Reply with quote  #8 
1. Wes - Caravan.
2. Pat Martino - How Insensitive.
3. Wayne Krantz - Whippersnapper.
4. Charlie Christian.
5. Pat Metheny
6. TG


Posts: 52
Reply with quote  #9 
I would like to mention (tho its non-jazz) Jerry Garcia's pedal steel solo in the last verse of "Teach Your Children" by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young; the power of a single, well-placed note, decisively articulated, should not be overlooked.

Posts: 40
Reply with quote  #10 
Without getting into a "whose best" argument, here's 5 of my fav's: 
Jim Hall - Without a Song (Sonny Rollins - The Bridge. In fact the entire album)
Barney Kessel - How High The Moon (Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary leaders)
Wes - Impressions (Smokin'...)
Pat Martino - Road Song  (Footprints)
Ted - Just Friends

Posts: 64
Reply with quote  #11 
I posted this query here as unsure where to place it.
What I was wondering: did Ted have any favorite single line "licks"?
You know who is playing - Wes - Joe Pass - Barney Kessel - when you here them with their signature line licks other than Single Line Soloing.
Just wondering about TG?

Posts: 175
Reply with quote  #12 
I know that he LOVED Wes and occasionally would pull out a 'wes' lick ... usually to demonstrate that indeed Wes had licks.
4th entry down - August 1998 (GP: exploring movin' wes track by track)

ken lasaine

Posts: 64
Reply with quote  #13 

Thanks for the info-any other of Ted's students have any insight to this."did Ted have any signature licks" P.


Posts: 4
Reply with quote  #14 
Allan Holdsworth's solo on "Devil Take the Hindmost" (Metal Fatigue) still gives me chills every time I hear it!  His None Too Soon album is also full of similar moments - to me, one of the most exciting and original soloists I have heard.

Posts: 333
Reply with quote  #15 
I mentioned Allan Holdsworth in a lesson with Ted and Ted had extremely high praise for him.  This really surprised me.  I would have thought he would favor more traditional jazz guitarists.  And he did.  But he also thought highly of Holdsworth.
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