Recommended Jazz Guitar Listening – part 3 – the 70’s

It’s been a little while, but I want to continue with my recommended listening list for my students and anyone new to jazz. Again, this is just my perspective on it and I may have left some guitarists off that aren’t on my favorites list. But I encourage everyone to explore on their own and come up with your own conclusions. If you missed my prior posts, you can find them here.

In the seventies we continued to see the influence of psychedelic rock and the sound innovations of Jimi Hendrix, resulting in jazz fusion. Out of Miles Davis’ bands, guitarists like John McLaughlin and Sonny Sharrock went in vastly different directions. In the straight ahead scene, Joe Pass made strides in solo guitar. And after heavily chops oriented music like Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever became the norm, the ECM style emerged which emphasized a calmer, more meditative aesthetic. Here’s a sampling:

Joe Pass

John McLaughlin

Sonny Sharrock

Ralph Towner

John Abercrombie

Pat Metheny

A few guys from the 70’s who I think were influential to other guitarists from that era but don’t have YouTube clips of their playing in the 70’s (correct me if I’m wrong):

Sam Brown

Mick Goodrick


Next up; the 80’s.