Carlos Jiménez – 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 Canadian Jazz Guitarist Carlos Jiménez 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) Kenny Burrell – Soul Call: This is one of Kenny Burrell’s albums that I always come back to. His playing is fantastic, the band is super solid and the tunes are great! Kenny’s sound and tone are full and rich.

2) Pat Martino – East!: Pat Is one of my absolute heroes! His rhythmic authority and his sense direction, especially on fast tempos are very inspiring. I’ve always loved his early recordings and this one is definitely one I come back for inspiration. I also love to use this album to introduce Pat to my students.

3) Ralph Towner and Gary Peacock – Oracle: I’m a huge Ralph Towner fan. I could bring any of his albums on an island. This duo album with Gary Peacock is a perfect match. Their interaction and connection is quite beautiful and powerful.

4) Jim Hall – It’s Nice To Be With You (Jim Hall in Berlin): I think every Jim Hall album could be on this list. This one is not as well known but is a beautiful example of Jim’s mastery at trio playing. His compositions and tone are beautiful. His conversational style is spectacular throughout the whole album.

5) Tom Warrington Trio – Corduroy Road (with Larry Koonse): The first time I heard Larry was on this album and became a fan instantly! This trio has a few albums out and it’s really top shelf playing! I love everything about Larry’s playing. His flow, his sound and his sensibility are just perfect. 

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Lyle Robinson is the owner/creator/publisher and editor of Jazz Guitar Life, an online magazine dedicated to the Jazz Guitar and its community of fine players worldwide.

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