Rick Howard – 5 Desert Island Picks – Jazz Guitar Life

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 Jazz Guitarist Rick Howard 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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This is difficult because I had to differentiate between the multitudes of albums I Love….and five albums I could never tire of listening to! So the five albums I could NEVER get tired of listening to are…

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1) Kenny Burrell – God Bless The Child (1971, CTI): Kenny was my biggest influence…this album swings like crazy, great Creed Taylor string arrangements, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Freddie Hubbard, Hubert laws, Ray Barretto…I Love many Burrell albums, but this one is special to me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6wULrQkFpU

2) Frank Zappa and The Mothers – Live At The Roxy And Elsewhere (recorded 1973, Discreet): By far my favorite FZ ensemble…with George Duke! Especially side one, Village Of The Sun, Echidna’s Arf, Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing? A true example of brilliant composition and musical eclecticism! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2a0ux53dKY

3) Lambert, Hendricks and Ross (1962, Columbia): I Love Vocal harmony as much as guitar and this was the trio’s fourth and self titled album. Incredible!!! Twisted, Cloudburst, Moanin’…Jazz vocals at it’s best!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ-XTwIPvPQ

4) Larry Carlton – Room 335 (1978, MCA): I think every guitarist loves this classic album. The players, compositions and Larry’s tunes are incredible! Larry’s playing style and vibe was so different for the time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeXIWyhB4F8

Oh, NO! I have to pick another??? ….ok…

5) The Best Of Spike Jones Vol.1 (1992, BMG Japan): The Frank Zappa of his time, top notch musicianship and hysterical zany comedy! If I was stuck on a desert island, I would need to laugh…alot! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BavRrRNvz8g

If I was to choose a bonus desert island album, it would definitely be any Antonio Carlos Jobim collection because Brazilian music, Bossa, Samba etc. is my favorite music in the world. The beauty of Jobim’s compositions is unequalled. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eilDY6KXdXg

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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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