Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Dutch Jazz Guitarist Vincent Koning

I bet many of you guys don't know Dutch guitarist Vincent Koning yet. Well, here you go. Vincent graduated from the Royal Conservatory in the Hague in 1997 and from the Hilversum Conservatory a year later. Inspired by Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery and Tal Farlow, he gradually found his own place in traditional jazz.

Vincent has played and recorded extensively in the Netherlands and abroad. I like his work in the drummerless trio "The Ghost, The King and I" with Rob van Bavel on piano and Frans van Geest on bass a lot. Check it out:

It's All Right with Me

You Dig

Cool trio stuff huh ...

Amazing ... Dan Axelrod playing Tal Farlow

I came across this vid by chance. Surely I must have heard of the name Dan Axelrod earlier, for it sounded kind of familiar and somehow I associated the name with jazz guitar. But I do not think I had ever heard him play. I was really surprised when I listened to the vid that was recorded in 1973. It was like listening to the 1950s Tal Farlow trio with Vinnie Burke and Eddie Costa. Dan must have been a huge Tal Farlow fan, for, he sounds remarkably like him. I had not expected to ever hear a guy play like Tal! And yet, here's this dude copying Tal when he was just 20 back in 1973. Amazing. Apparently, Dan personally knew Tal very well too.

About the video Dan wrote "The musicians playing are myself, pianist Ed Paolantonio and Dave and it's music in the style of the Tal Farlow trio with Eddie Costa and Vinnie Burke. That fact will be obvious to many. I was 20 years old at the time. Pianist Ed Paolantonio has great vitality here and Dave's line was always steady and strong Good memories ... As a footnote, shortly after this tape was made, I began using Vinnie Burke as a bassist. He lived in Orange, New Jersey and when I picked him up (he didn't own a car) he asked what kind of music will we be playing. I put this tape in my 8 track and said "stuff like this, Vinnie". He immediately replied "Where's ya find that old record of Tal and me?". When I replied "No Vinnie, that's MY group" he immediately realized he'd been hired to recreate a dream"

I'll Remember April

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Jimmy Raney's solo on "Just Friends"

Here's another great solo to study. This one is by Jimmy Raney. It's the one in Aebersold volume 20. It is played by a French guy both in the original tempo and slowed down. You can find the music (standard notation and TABS) below the video. Ignore the silly music in the beginning of the vid. Solo starts at 1.05.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Pat Martino's Classic Solo on "Just Friends"

Here's a classic jazz guitar solo for you to study. If you haven't already. For, there are many vids on the tube with guys playing it. It is available on the internet elsewhere but I did not come across this one with the fingerings added. So this one has TABS.

I love this solo. Classic Pat Martino. Amazingly he recorded it when he was just 22 years old. This is the one and only solo Jesse van Ruller ever transcribed and was obsessed with for a while when he was a jazz guitar student.You can read about that here 

I really need to get this one under my fingers myself. Anyway, here's the notation with tabs. It was transcribed by Jeremy Zucker a few years ago. Have fun.