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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:49 pm 
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Eric Johnson's first UK tour......

http://www.eventim.co.uk/cgi-bin/ticket ... iliate=GCL


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Thanks for that my friend - I hadnt noticed. The 1st of those shows is within travelling distance for me, so I'm going to try and get there


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You have to go......I've seen him several times, acoustic & electric, even once opening for Buddy Guy and he never fails to produce a great show.


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You have to go......I've seen him several times, acoustic & electric, even once opening for Buddy Guy and he never fails to produce a great show.


... ahhh ... Buddy Guy saw him a few years ago in Austin Texas ... absolutely wonderful performance ... Take care


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A general question that doesnt mean much at all, but who would the experts here rate as the most technically skilled or accomplished guitarist of all time? mainly someone who has completely mastered the instrument and delved into as many styles as possible, and done it most efficiently as well. From all that is usually posted and the comments over the years, seems the person to take that would be Phil keaggy, seeing as he is equally accomplished on the acoustic as well as electric, and seems to be very good in the versatility department as well.....Danny Gatton's another name Ive seen get mentioned a lot.....


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lenny breau, hands down. the race is for second place... i think it's probably between gatton, keaggy, and akkerman... then possibly guys like ej and howe, as far as household names go... then there are the equally brilliant but lesser known names like john jorgenson, rick graham, brent mason, et al.


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Does Hackett not count as a household name?


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halfway, i suppose... but i'd place him a slight notch below those guys, anyway: he's an amazing rock player and a rather accomplished classical guitarist, but i'm aware of anything else in between he's done.


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But how does that make him a step below Howe for example?


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lenny breau, hands down. the race is for second place... i think it's probably between gatton, keaggy, and akkerman... then possibly guys like ej and howe, as far as household names go... then there are the equally brilliant but lesser known names like john jorgenson, rick graham, brent mason, et al.


whoa, that was slightly surprising. I knew Breau had insane chops, but did not know he had the versatility or the range to compare with the other 3 you listed below him. Always thought he was purely a jazz/classical guitarist.....


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But how does that make him a step below Howe for example?
to my knowledge howe has slightly more stylistic and technical range... i know he dabbles a bit in flamenco, country, and jazz... and sometimes infuses their elements in his rock playing, too.


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about lenny... you had to pull my leg, didn't you... i'll take the easy way out for now...




"Lenny Breau played more great stuff at one time than anybody on the planet... with feeling and tone. He was the best that ever lived, bar none."
-Danny Gatton

"He is one of the true geniuses of the guitar. I suppose he is a musician's musician. His knowledge of the instrument and the music is so vast, and I think that's what knocks people out about him. But he's such a tasty player too. I think if Chopin had played guitar, he would have sounded like Lenny Breau."
-Chet Atkins, CGP

"[Lenny] is the best I have ever heard, and I have heard some players!"
-Jerry Reed, CGP

"He had the ability to reach into your heart."
-Larry Carlton

"He dazzled me with his extraordinary guitar playing... I wish the world had the opportunity to experience his artistry."
-George Benson

"Lenny Breau was the most innovative guitarist since Wes Montgomery."
-Phil Upchurch
(Phil also mentions that Wes became a huge Lenny fan after hearing just one album by him in the late 60s - most likely "Velvet Touch")

"What really got me was the soul behind all the playing."
-Mike Stern

"Regardless of style, few musicians have been universally held in such high esteem by their peers."
-Jim Ferguson, "Lenny Breau Remembered", Guitar Player Magazine 1984

"The late Lenny Breau was an uncrowned king of jazz fingerstyle guitar. A relatively unknown voice on the instrument, he startled newcomers to his music by his ability to comp chords behind himself sounding like two guitarists, ring out lengthy bell-like harmonic passages, tastefully blend his influences of country, jazz and flamenco and fluidly improvise in this style."
-Brawner Smoot, "The Immortal Lenny Breau" 1986

"It was the freshest, most exciting thing I had heard in years. ... He...was doing things that I never dreamed of. It was one of the greatest days of my life, the first day I heard Lenny."
-Chet Atkins

"Lenny is the greatest guitar player in the world today. I think he knows more guitar than any guy that's ever walked the face of the earth, because he can play jazz, he can play a little classical, he can play great country--and he does it all with taste."
-Chet Atkins

"My first reaction was a combination of jealousy, envy, admiration - because he was so good and so original. I thought, 'Oh my God. This guy is light years ahad of me and so many other people around here.'"
-Ed Bickert

"I have found a better player than I am."
-Merle Travis, describing a then 12-year-old Lenny

"Breau was perhaps the most technically brilliant guitarist of our time. ... Gatton thought Breau was the best ever."
-Steve Wolf, article from Danny Gatton's official hall of fame page

"It must be remembered that Coltrane's Jazz in 1962 was better known for experimentation.... This type of eccentric and unorthodox playing, which most musicians and guitarists could not comprehend, nor play, appealed to Lenny. When Lenny sat in...when Lenny's turn came to play, the effect was electrifying. Coltrane leaned over with eyes wide-open, looked at Lenny's hands, and smiled."
-George Sykornyk, on Lenny's encounter with John Coltrane

"Even when Lenny noodled, it was a feast!"
-Frank Zappa's words through Steve Vai

"The late Lenny Breau was a true jazz guitar genius who ranks alongside Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery as one of a select few inspired innovators who set new standards of creative artistry in Jazz Guitar history.
Lenny's musical influences were truly diverse. They ranged from Country fingerstyle master Chet Atkins, Jazz Guitarists Johnny Smith and Tal Farlow, Flamenco virtuoso Sabicas, Jazz pianist Bill Evans and sax titan John Coltrane. Drawing from these eclectic sources Lenny created a truly unique voice in the guitar world.
Lenny's unprecedented technical facility and depth of musical insight allowed him to play Bill Evans style chord voicings simultaneously with improvised single note lines. His country and classical right hand techniques allowed for great independence of parts and subtle tonal and dynamic shadings. Lenny possessed a singular blend of techniques and musical knowledge that often created the illusion of two and sometimes three musicians eminating from a single guitarist."
-Guitarchives

"He was the best electric bassist ever including Jaco [Pastorious]. He played the best solo on bass that you ever heard. It was ridiculous. Lenny was so advanced on bass that most guys wouldn't even try to do what he was doing because it was light years beyond anything they could ever think about."
-Don Thompson, universally regarded one of the greatest jazz bassists and multi-instrumentalists ever

"One day I was at Chet’s and he told me he wanted me to meet this guitarist. Lenny was upstairs playing. Even before I made it half way up the stairs I was hearing things that were astonishing. Ten minutes later I was sitting with Lenny who began to play harmonics such as I have never in my life, and then I started learning right there and then. Chet, and he mentions it in his autobiography, always regretted that he didn’t film that session. To this day, there is no one in the world who can do what Lenny did and we are all indebted to his legacy."
-Tommy Emmanuel

"Then Lenny Breau came along, and he could play like everyone: Chet, Joe [Pass], Bill Evans, Gene Autry [laughs], and that’s what really floored me. When you’re learning what Lenny does, you’re learning everything, because he was covering so many genres. It was frustrating, really."
-Phil deGruy

"His intuition was the predominant force in his playing, rather than his intellect. ... He knew the chords he was playing, and he could spell them out if he had to, but he was more into musical colors, which he largely achieved using harmonics—simultaneous, cascading, and various amalgamations. He was always finding something new."
-Phil deGruy

"One night I heard out of the blue just as I was getting ready to go to sleep this guitar player singing quietly with harmonics, and different voicings, and I felt this electric bolt go through me. I sat up and I couldn't believe what I was hearing."
-Lorne Lofsky

"He was just this great, wonderful personality that I was attracted to because he seemed so free in his own right. Lenny had the guts to play what he wanted to play. He always played from the heart and he never pretended anything when he was playing, never tried to impress. He didn't buy into the bullshit. There was just total honesty all the time and that was why he was so special. Didn't matter who was around, he was continually himself. He didn't know how to do anything else or be anything else. That's one of the reasons I loved him so much: he was always, always true."
-Judi Singh

"Lenny was amazing, one of those people who make you feel like you've arrived."
-Peter Appleyard

"I was stunned; stunned is the word. Here was this little guy with this ready smile who had so much respect for other people and their music and was so encouraging about whatever you were doing. Completely selfless in that way. Then he picked up his guitar and it was like someone from another planet playing - effortless genius, just effortless. Totally apropos, no matter what it was. Every note that came out of his guitar would be like it was dictated from the music muses of the universe.
He just totally tuned into what I was doing, which is why every one of those takes [on the album] is a first take (virtually all of the recordings on Lenny's official albums were first takes)... As far as I was concerned, I felt I had the good fortune to accompany a genius on that album."
-Beverly Glenn-Copeland
(referring to her eponymous debut album from 1970)

"Every great guitarist I have been privileged to know - and the list includes Oscar Castro-Neves, Mundell Lowe, Gene Bertoncini, Ed Bickert, Reg Schwager, the late Emily Remler, and more - has considered Lenny a wunderkind at minimum, even some kind of musical miracle. The universality of Lenny's interests on the instrument led him to the most total technique on guitar I have ever heard."
-Gene Lees, legendary music critic

"When you look over the guitar literature of the past, Sor, Tarrega, the transcriptions of Segovia and more, when you look back down through the instrument's history to the time before it had six strings, you are compelled to think that more than just maybe, Lenny Breau was the most accomplished guitarist in history."
-Gene Lees


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Don't know much about Breau, but Keaggy is damn hard to beat. His versatility is astounding, everything from high energy rockers, world music, blues, folk, acoustic fingerstyle, classical, jazz, and I know there's more that I'm not even remembering at the moment.


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Yousha wrote:
George wrote:
lenny breau, hands down. the race is for second place... i think it's probably between gatton, keaggy, and akkerman... then possibly guys like ej and howe, as far as household names go... then there are the equally brilliant but lesser known names like john jorgenson, rick graham, brent mason, et al.


whoa, that was slightly surprising. I knew Breau had insane chops, but did not know he had the versatility or the range to compare with the other 3 you listed below him. Always thought he was purely a jazz/classical guitarist.....


lenny played country and flamenco as well. he was also versatile within the jazz genre too if you know what i mean by that, he could play both chord melody style and single line style with great virtuosity and could go from charlie parker type lines to sophisticated bill evans style playing effortlessly.

its a very subjective question but some guys id include in conjunction with the other names mentioned would be ted greene, tommy e, george van eps, shawn lane, guthrie govan, carl verheyen, scotty anderson and pat metheny. you also have guys like kazuhito yamashita who only played classical guitar but was a true specialist in that field.


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George wrote:
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But how does that make him a step below Howe for example?
to my knowledge howe has slightly more stylistic and technical range... i know he dabbles a bit in flamenco, country, and jazz... and sometimes infuses their elements in his rock playing, too.


you have any good videos of him? i haven't heard much of his stuff.


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