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. Made history with Jimmy Smith.
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
Pablo Held trio to collaborate with Nelson Veras on their next album
For their next album the Pablo Held trio, their label Edition has announced, will collaborate with Brazilian guitarist Nelson Veras. Held says: “We always enjoy the various ways another person inspires us, expands the possibilities of interaction and instrumentation, and actually makes us play differently. With Nelson, I’ve been listening to his music for years, his records The Solo Sessions Vol.1 and Rouge Sur Blanc are the two main albums I always go back to. He’s a complete musician with a totally unique way of playing, who obviously has roots in many different places, but branches out into the sky. When we first played with the trio he was more than ready to jump into the music! Even with only a super short rehearsal he totally made the music his own and showed us new ways to approach my compositions. Not by talking about it, by playing and going for it in the moment – I love that!”