Gary Schwartz – 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 and educator Gary Schwartz 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) 🙂

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1) Wes Montgomery – Full House Live at Tsubo: Incredible groove. One story goes that the rhythm section was playing with Miles Davis at Keystone Corner in SF the same night. Apparently, Wes really wanted to play with these guys because he knew that his gig was going to be recorded.  Everything worked out for the best. Oh yes … one more thing. So many people came to the gig that they set up speakers in the parking lot to allow people to stand outside and listen – truth or fiction?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbOX1uYYdBw

2) Jim Hall – These Rooms: Jim Hall was the guitar connection between the past and the future.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT77qQqdSNc

3) Bill Evans – Sunday at the Village Vanguard: This recording changed the way that jazz rhythm sections played together along with Miles’ 60s quintet inventions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtCZt7ChN6g

4) Ed Bickert – Live at George’s Spaghetti House: Sadik Hakim, a friend and teacher of mine at the time told me about Ed and that I should reallllly check him out because of the way that I was trying to play. Outside of Lennie Breau’s chord-melody approach (pianistically supernatural) Ed seemed to be within the realm of possibility for me to actually ‘borrow’ ideas and absorb them into the way that I heard the guitar. I’m still hearing new things.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRSKtRjf1Iw

5) Ornette ColemanTomorrow Is the Question: After I got over the shock of my initial encounter, I realized that first base in this music was verrrry far away. Apparently, I wasn’t frightened enough because in the early 2000’s (30 years later) I formed an 11 piece group dedicated to Ornette’s music (LETTINGO) The CD is called LETTINGO-The Music and Influence of Ornette Coleman. We were a successful as a round peg in a square hole could be.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zrW7jLFac0

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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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