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
What else is new? Check this from ROSIE TURTON
SLIDER WITH ROSIE This looks worth your time, an extract from an original sounding EP by trombonist Rosie Turton called Rosie’s 5ive from the Jazz Re:freshed label. Tracks are Stolen Ribs, The Unknown, The Purge, the Herbie Hancock tune Butterfly covered in recent years by the likes of Robert Glasper, and Orange Moon. The band personnel is not listed but I think joining Turton are Johanna Burnheart – violin; Maria Chiara Argiro – piano; Twm Dylan – bass; and Pete Hill – drums. A sprawling laidback dark modal vibe, Turton takes up the mantle of Annie Whitehead a little although there is no South African side to her direction at all on this glimpse anyway but I am also hearing probably more to the point a bit of the bluesy sound of Frank Lacy as per his work with McCoy Tyner on an album like Journey or with the Mingus Big Band. Burnheart reminds me of someone like Nigel Kennedy feeding feverishly into the sound on top of the rhythm section. A 14 January 2019 release date is advertised. Turton plays Kings Place on 27 April in one of her biggest shows to date. SG