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Wes is my favorite guitar player. The CD "Boss Guitar" was reissued a few years ago with it's original title (it had been re-released on vinyl as "This Is Wes Montgomery"). For me, it contains some of Wes' most inspired single line and chordal playing.

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Chuck Wayne was a classy musician with a smooth style. "String Fever", a CD reissue of his 1957 debut album of the same name, contains the original's selection of standards with their catchy horn arrangements as well as some previously unreleased material.

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"Intercontinental" is one of Joe Pass' best performances in a trio setting, This 1974 album is a must-listen.

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Ed is another big guitar influence of mine. "Ed Bickert" is another great trio album. Recorded live in 1975 with Don Thompson on bass and Terry Clarke on drums, it's quintessential Ed.

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"Live at Bourbon Street" - This is Lenny Breau as a focussed exponent of the jazz guitar. He and bassist Dave Young sound great in this live performance from the early '80s.

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"Jim Hall Live" - a memorable album from the late '70s, featuring Jim Hall with the rhythm section of Don Thompson/bass and Terry Clarke/drums in a live setting.

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"The Concord Jazz Collection Volume Three" - a cross-section of jazz guitar stylists released in 1992 - Larry Coryell, Emily Remler, Peter Leitch, Bruce Forman, Martin Taylor and many more. CCD - 4507.

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"Jazz Winds From A New Direction/Hank Garland" - a CD release of the 1960 album (released in 1961) featuring 17 year old Gary Burton on vibes with Joe Benjamin/bass and Joe Morello/drums. The guitar playing is superb. (Columbia 492532 2)

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Elek Bacsik - My first exposure to jazz guitar in the 1960s, Elek Bacsik (pronounced: buh' chick), a Hungarian violinist turned guitarist, is virtually unknown in North America. This is a real shame as his technique and approach are nothing short of phenomenal - although his guitar sound is not for everyone. The CD reissues, "Elek Bacsik/Guitar Conceptions" and "The Electric Guitar of the Eclectic Elek Bacsik" are available from Amazon.com. Do yourself a favor and check them out. The original cover of "Guitar Conceptions" is pictured below on the left.

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