Jazz Guitar Today continues to reach out to players. This time, “What SONGS influenced you and your playing style?” Guitarist and educator Taylor Roberts shares his Top 10, and why.
Let us know what you think and comment about songs that have influenced you on our Facebook conversation.
Wes Montgomery – Canadian Sunset
This was the first jazz guitar solo I ever learned. It’s quite possibly the most lyrical, eloquent, and masterfully voiced guitar solo I’ve heard. I was lucky at the age of 17 to have an excellent teacher who helped point me in the right direction, and every time I hear the recording I still get chills.
Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia
“Friday Night in San Francisco” was a pivotal album for me. It helped bridge the gap between what I was doing at the time and where I wound up going. I learned the melody note for note and, instead of paying attention in high school algebra, was charting out all three parts. Aside from the obvious displays of technique from all three players, it was the synergy they created as a group that really struck me.
Tuck Andress – Man in the Mirror