1 Pat Metheny Extraordinary achievements down through the decades whether on world tours with the Pat Metheny Group, his own innovations (for instance the pioneering use of guitar synthesizer and his own 'robot' Orchestrion) or with such icons of free music as Ornette Coleman and Derek Bailey and in his interpretations of the music of John Zorn, the Missourian continues a story picked up by Charlie Christian and continued by Wes Montgomery in terms of innovation, new dialects and vocabulary, sheer virtuosity and joy in performance.
2 George Benson. The ultimate communicator.
3 John Scofield. A bluesician at heart.
4 John McLaughlin. Into the mystic: IndoJazz innovator.
5 Carlos Santana. Latin-jazz and rock master.
6 Kenny Burrell
7 Bill Frisell. Guitar everyman. Americana and freebop distilled.
8 Terje Rypdal. Prog jazz exemplar and icon.
9 Lionel Loueke: Afrojazz innovator
10 Eivind Aarset: Scandi futurejazz innovator
11 Mary Halvorson: Avant, post Derek Bailey, icon
12 Russell Malone Mainstream accompanist par excellence
13 Kurt Rosenwinkel Consummate skill coming out of the heart of jazz
14 Julian Lage: Now in his prime: can cover anything
15 Marc Ribot: From Tom Waits to Ayler can do it all
16 Phil Robson
17 Mike Stern
18 Mike Walker: north of England legend. Stylistically unique
19 Wolfgang Muthspiel: sublime chamber jazz practitioner and more
20 Kevin Eubanks: knows how to reach the heart of the matter and communicate
Friday 13 September will be the release date of the upcoming live album Reflections, Transformations, Improvisations by flautist bandleader Eddie Parker’s Debussy Mirror Ensemble. Tracks are: La Chevelure, De Soir, Little Shepherd, Claire de Lune, X-Boite a Jou Jou, Eventail, Syrinx, si doucement perdue, and Il Pleut. The ensemble made up of a dozen players spanning the classical and jazz disciplines was put together last year to mark the centenary of the death of Debussy for a series of gigs and spawned this recording made into their debut album.