Frank DiBussolo: 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 Dr. Frank A. DiBussolo 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) Guitar Forms – Kenny Burrell: This record made me want to play jazz guitar! His tone, his use of chord solos and the arrangements made me aware of what was possible with the guitar.

2) Sounds of Synanon – Joe Pass: Wow! Pure virtuosity. The jazz vocabulary personified! Nothing more to say.

3) Road Song – Wes Montgomery: The Octave!! What a sound! What a feel! What a groove! 

4) Undercurrent – Bill Evans and Jim Hall: Chemistry and communication like no other! This was a more intellectual approach to the music but teaches us so much about economy, environment and harmony.

5) The Guitar Album – Various Artists: An important work because so many different approaches to the instrument and the music can be studied. From Bucky and George to Joe Beck, this is a superb cross section of jazz guitar! note: I couldn’t find any YT videos for the above title so I opted to include this video as it was an important compilation of Jazz Guitarists as well. An album I still own 🙂

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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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