Favorite Jazz Guitar albums

If I had to name my top five Jazz guitar albums it would go something like this:

 

1) Intercontinental- Joe Pass (1970)

2) Live- Pat Martino (1972)

3) Down Here On the Ground- Wes Montgomery (1968)

4) A Night at the Vanguard- Kenny Burrell (1959)

5) any Django Reinhardt “greatest” collection

 

Paul Desmond

I have been listening a lot to Paul Desmond  (born Paul Emil Breitenfeld; November 25, 1924 – May 30, 1977) again lately. I have always admired his skill and phrasing as an improvisor.

Guitarist Jim Hall said that he could improvise melodies that were better than the tune he was playing on and I think that is true.

He also had a great wit. When asked why he changed his last name to Desmond he said that he thought Breitenfeld sounded too Irish.

I especially like his duet recordings with Gerry Mulligan.

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