Phil Upchurch is a guitarist beyond the genres of Blues, Jazz and R&B. He is well-known as a side-man of George Benson but always played his guitar in excellent soul works in 70's before and after. His lead & rhythm guitars always fascinate and inspire many guitarists. His playing is not too showy, but raised the perfection of music pieces by his sophisticated sense and technique. If I had to choose his most famous work, it would be “You Can’t Sit Down” which was released in 1961 and sold over a million copies. In his works as a side-man, “Live” by Donny Hathaway is one of the best which you can enjoy his stunning approach for music.[Official Website]
teamed with him…Quincy Jones, Bob Dylan, Julio Iglesias, Ray Charles, Ramsey Lewis, Carmen McRae, George Benson, Donny Hathaway, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Carmen McRae, Marlena Shaw, Eddie Harris, Joe Williams, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock among many others.
Will Matthews is a guitarist of the world famous band “Count Basie Orchestra”. Considered he was chosen as the second guitarist after Freddie Green who has become a synonym for a rhythm guitar, it is very easy to imagine how precise his rhythm is. The backing played by heavy gauges is his characteristic and he has also released two albums under his name and you can hear his playing which is inspired by George Benson, Grant Green and Wes Montgomery.
Teamed with him...George Benson, Kenny Burrell, John Pizzarelli, Joe Williams, Frank Wess, Curtis Fuller, Milt Jackson, Jimmy Cobb, Hank Jones, Rufus Reed, John Faddis, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Lou Donaldson, Dorothy Donegan, Tom Scott, Regina Carter, Nancy Wilson, Patti Austin, and among many others.
Morris O’Connor is a guitarist of Earth, Wind & Fire which have sold over 90 million records. He also used to play with Stevie Wonder from 1996 to 2013 and has always improved famous tunes by his excellent technique and the skill adjusting to each song. In addition to comfortable strumming, he has excellent skills which you can listen to his band. How much he has been trusted and required by first class musicians, you can easily imagine by checking well-known musicians below.
Teamed with him...Stevie Wonder, Jeff Beck, Sting, Phillip Baily & Orchestra, Gladys Knight, Teena Marie, The Gap Band, Envoge, The Jazz Crusaders and among many others.
Grant Green Jr is a guitarist of Masters of Groove. He plays not only Jazz but also Funk and Fusion as well as his father Grant Green did. His guitar solo in funky rhythm is composed by the basic of single note which makes you happier and his cheerful character is expressed. He is an also singer and you can listen to his cool voice in his albums.
Teamed with him... Leon Thomas, Reuben Wilson, Jimmy McGriff, and among others.
Eric Johnson is a Blues,Jazz and Funk Guitarist.Eric Johnson brought his guitar and love of jazz back to Pittsburgh in 1996. He stayed busy working with local legends Walt Harper and Harold Betters. Also Eric's second CD “Makin' Whoopie” was released. Eric then reformed his favorite group "The Fabalous A-Team."
Teamed with him...Leon Spencer Jr., Lou Donaldson, Jimmy McGriff, Stanley Turrentine, Hank Crawford and many others.
Rodney Jones is a Jazz guitarist as a faculty member at Juilliard. Soft and mellow tone is his style and his guitar solo is faithful and stable which make you comfortable. He has played with notable players and also performed with Marcus Miller in his masterpiece record “When You Feel the Love” released in 1979.
Teamed with him...George Benson, Gary Mortoro, Reuben Wilson, Jesse hameen, Josh Maxey and many others.
Jack Lee is an American songwriter and musician best known for composing the song "Hanging on the Telephone", which was covered by the new wave band Blondie, and the song "Come Back and Stay", covered by the singer Paul Young.
Teamed With him...Pat Metheny, Nathan East,Lee Ritenour,Fourplay,Bob James, Hiromi Uehara and among many others.
Fumio Yanatake is the jazz guitarist who mainly use 7 string D'Angelico guitar. He fascinates audience by his sensibility and wide musicality such as solo guitar, playing with big band, swing and contemporary Jazz. Kind tone and beautiful phrase is his characteristic. He also released his first album with talented members who he has played together over 20 years in 2006 and the album was highly evaluated. Beside his playing, you can't miss his talents for music composition. His areas of activity are expanding in not only internal but also external and his future success is greatly anticipated.[Official Website]
Teamed with him...Yas Okayama, KANKAWA, Motohiko Hino, Murakami “Ponta” Shuichi, Benisuke Sakai, Will Matthews, Norman Simmons, Chris Murrell, James Leary, Benjamin Schatz, Mark Isbell, Toku, Jyosei, Shinpei Inoue and others.
Joe Pass is one of the most popular American Jazz guitarist in the world. When it comes to solo Jazz guitar, everybody can imagine his name at first. His style of chord-melody, his knowledge of chord inversions and progressions influenced the development of Jazz guitar style. The albums he created are guitarist-must-get such as the series of Virtuoso, Unforgettable, The Trio which he recorded with Oscar Peterson and so on. His famous saying is “If you hit a wrong note, then make it right by what you play afterwards.”
Teamed with him...Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Carter, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson, Herb Ellis, Zoot Sims, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Louis Bellson, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams, Della Reese, Johnny Mathis, Red Mitchell, John Pisano, and among many others.
Paul Yandell was an American guitar player from Mayfield, Kentucky.From 1975 until the late 1990s, Yandell worked with Chet Atkins doing shows, recordings, and TV appearances, and produced an instructional video called Fingerstyle Legacy. Paul started his career with The Louvin Brothers, which lasted until 1959, with Paul playing on many of their greatest hits.
Teamed with him...Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Dolly Parton, Steve Wariner, Hank Thompson, Perry Como, Roger Whitaker, Kitty Wells and others.