In the wake of my four-part interview series with guitar legend Mundell Lowe last week, regular blog reader Don Frese spent time over the weekend going through YouTube and sent along the following notes and links to clips of other jazz guitarist greats. Perfect viewing if you have off today for Martin Luther King Day. Enjoy!
Grant Green, Barney Kessel and Kenny Burrell—"This may be the only video evidence of Grant Green's playing. A three-for-one deal with two other greats—Kessel and Burrell." (Go here)
Chuck Wayne—"Here's Wayne with Mike Morreale on trumpet in 1993 during a 70th-birthday tribute in Staten Island, N.Y." (Go here)
Wes Montgomery—"This is Wes on his 1965 European tour playing Nica's Dream with a Dutch trio." (Go here)
Tal Farlow—After burning brightly in the 1950s, Farlow retired in the 1960s when the jazz scene started to die to do sign painting and give guitar lessons on the New Jersey shore. But Farlow came back in the mid-1970s when classic jazz began to experience a revival. Here he's playing Li'l Darlin' in 1988." (Go here)
Jimmy Raney and Attila Zoller—"A lovely free-form duo improvisation by these two masters from 1980." (Go here)
Django Reinhardt—"This one from 1938 was the only extended clip of Django I could find." (Go here)
Charlie Christian—"While there's probably no video record of Charlie Christian, here's a segment from what I believe is Ken Burns' Jazz documentary, which has a audio clip over narration and photos." (Go here)