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Best Jazz Guitar Albums

Updated: Jul 3, 2023


Jim Hall and Bill Evans set a new standard with their 1966 release, "Intermodulation," following the success of "Undercurrent" in 1963. Their synergy on this album, consisting mostly of jazz standards, is almost telepathic. 

Idle Moments

Grant Green, a key player in the 60s New York jazz scene, presents an elegant, languid guitar style on his album "Idle Moments" from 1965. The record also features Joe Henderson and Bobby Hutcherson, adding depth and complexity to tracks such as the introspective title song and the more spirited "Jean De Fleur." 

Genius of the Electric Guitar

"Genius of the Electric Guitar" celebrates the short but influential career of Texas-born Charlie Christian. This 1987 compilation includes some of his most important recordings from the late 30s and early 40s, showcasing his horn-like phrasing that later inspired many guitarists, including Grant Green and Wes Montgomery. 

Quintet Du Hot Club De France

The 1962 posthumous compilation "Quintet Du Hot Club De France" highlights the vibrancy of Django Reinhardt’s late 30s recordings with Stéphane Grappelli. Reinhardt's energetic guitar style, demonstrated notably on "Swing 39," set the foundation for continental swing jazz. 

The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery's third album, "The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery," is a high point of 1960 jazz. Montgomery, influenced by Charlie Christian, develops a unique thumb-picking style that structures solos into three distinct parts, showcased throughout the album. The album, living up to its title, has become a revered piece in the jazz guitar canon.



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