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William C. Altreuter

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Jazz guitar-- funny how the instrument that is so central to the other two members of the American Music Trinity is so peripheral to jazz. Not to say that there aren't great players in the history of jazz, but Django and Charlie Christians, Wes Montgomery or Bill Frisell are all for specialists, really. As wonderful as, say Emily Remler's music is, nobody is going to tell you that it is anything more than a minor tributary. The number of guitarists working in the jazz idiom who have done anything to expand the scope of the music, or the sound of their axe, is a bare handful. Tal Farlow is like that, too. I'd like more Tal Farlow in my collection, but I'm pretty sure that seven disks worth is more than I really need.

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