Dom Minasi – 5 Desert Island Album Picks

Regardless if you’re a beginning student of Jazz Guitar or an established player, we all have at least five albums that we cannot be without! With that said, Jazz Guitar Life has asked Dom Minasi what his five would be (assuming that he knew before hand that he was going to be stuck on a desert island and that said island had electricity and a full component stereo system 🙂


1) Johnny Smith: Moonlight in Vermont – The first time I heard this record I heard the most beautiful sounding guitar playing and I went out and bought the record immediately and when I saw Johnny was playing at Birdland I begged my father to take me. I was 15 at the time.When I saw Johnny play, I knew right there and then that’s what I wanted to do the rest of my life.

2) Thelonious Monk: At The Backhawk – The first time I saw him play I knew there was lacking in my knowledge of chord substitution. I I went on this lifetime journey of teaching myself.

3) John Coltrane: My Favourite Things – because this is a perfect example of how to play out on changes and what a rhythm section should do along with the title tune and how he he changed it into a modal adventure.

4) Bill Evans and Jim Hall: Undercurrent – What I consider a perfect example on how piano and guitar can play together and not get in each others way.

5) Eric Dolphy: Out to Lunch – I must have listened to and played along with this over 100 times. Eric understood atonality and how to include it in his wide interval playing. I learned so much from. There are so many important albums, but I am limited to 5!

Thank you Dom for your insightful Desert Island Picks! If you would like to let the world know which five albums you couldn’t stand being away from, drop us a line at

Guitarist Dom Minasi is a native New Yorker and part of New York City’s illustrious Downtown Scene. An innovator in the field of improvisational Jazz, Dom wears many hats: musician, composer, arranger, educator, author, producer and owner and president of CDM Records, an independent record label.

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