To me, Dimeola's "Race with the Devil on a Spanish Highway" sounded very gypsy jazz.
gypsy jazz is a style of its own, it utilizes le pompe for rhythm and the lead playing is usually arpeggiated/intervallic and highly ornamental with wide vibrato, etc., in the tradition of django et al. diemola's playing is very diatonic and there's nothing gypsy about it whatsoever, to my ears.
Also, if there's no such thing as latin jazz guitar, why is he labeled as a Latin jazz guitarist?
my guess is it is done out of ignorance by non-guitarists
He stated, "I can guarantee you that [The Things You See and Sunbird] are straight-up clean tone/acoustic jazz and nothing else. I've struggled for years to find any fusion whatsoever within those two albums..." This is one of the many reasons why Holdsworth may be considered a jazz guitarist. Mainstream jazz was just my own little interpretation.
i see. well, i disagree with the editor. if you write out the guitar parts allan plays on the album with beck, and compare it with his solo stuff on electric, it is virtually the same thing, i almost guarantee you wouldn't be able to tell them apart. it is a unique album in allan's discography because it is (largely) acoustic and very bare (the only accompaniment being beck's piano)... that shouldn't fool you into thinking it's jazz.... there's plenty of fusion is done on acoustic (or even electric with clean tone) guitar and with little or no accompaniment.
alright, experimental, somewhat dissonant, big band jazz music. what does metheny have to do with it? and, again, what does guitar have to do with it, in the first place?
alright, as the name implies, a catchall term for popular mainstream jazz of the 80s and 90s. metheny was very popular, indeed. but that's not a style of music. and certainly not a guitar style.
ok, so herb alpert and the ramsey lewis trio. so certainly more jazzy pop and than poppy jazz, but whatever... nothing to do with with metheny or guitar.
As for techniques or concepts I'm sure one internet search should help you out. I'm not a guitarist, so unfortunately I cannot provide you with info on the techniques or concepts.
i'm sorry, but you'll have to do the search for me... i've been studying both jazz and fusion guitar and i've never encountered techniques or concepts used in playing any of those styles that are unique to them... it's the same thing as latin jazz guitar - there is no such thing... you can play latin jazz using whatever skill you already have, but there is no latin jazz guitar per se... same with progressive, contemporary, and jazz-pop.
According to allmusic, Frissel does these genres: Modern Creative, World Fusion, New Acoustic, Fusion, Post-Bop, Progressive Jazz, Neo-Traditiona,l Folk,Progressive Folk. I've never actually even heard him as being a fusion guitarist. And I'm a big time fusion listener.
but he uses almost the same guitar style in all of those different musical genres. for example, for the past 20 years he has become known for fusing jazz and folk (to create neo-traditional, progressive folk, progressive jazz, even modern fusion and modern creative, and whatever other label they may slap on it, they're all describing the same thing). he also does fusion as in jazz/rock fusion - in channeling hendrix but with a decidedly jazz bent - i've witnessed it with my own ears.
The only thing that I was trying to point out was that the so called "fusion" guitarists may not be so "fusion" after all; and they may even play other jazz genres more so than fusion. A lot of the guitarists you put into the fusion category I would have instead put into the category of progressive jazz, post-bop, or contemporary jazz.
like who? you haven't convinced me with frisell, metheny, holdsworth, carlton, or any of the others. i admitted they're eclectic and some of them play non-fusion guitar as well, but if i were to put one umbrella label over all of them, it would be fusion, because all of their unique and original styles are a result of combining jazz with other other idioms (mostly rock).