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Ted Greene: Solo Guitar

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Album Review

Chances are that most jazz fans may not have heard of jazz guitarist Ted Greene, though it is not for his lack of abilities. One of a handful of players able to command attention during an album's worth of unaccompanied performances, Greene evidently has not pursued many recording opportunities following this 1977 debut, which was first issued by the PMP label. Like Joe Pass, Bucky Pizzarelli, Martin Taylor, and a few other guitar masters, Greene is adept enough to accompany himself by playing a melodic line and supporting rhythm, such that novices will think they are listening to two guitarists. Most of this session is devoted to standards like "Ol' Man River," "Just Friends," and a medley of "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So," all played with finesse and imagination. He avoids the hackneyed approach to songs of more recent vintage, such as "Send in the Clowns" and "Watch What Happens," by utilizing creative voicings. This session was finally reissued in 2004 by Art of Life and is highly recommended.

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Solo Mastery

This is the pinnacle of unaccompanied jazz guitar -- as good in its way as the best of the great Joe Pass. He was the great teacher of his generation; his method books are among the most influential ever written. This recording makes it clear that he could swing with the best of all time. Genius.


I was told by luthier Ted Megas that Ted Greene passed away recently. To all of us guitar players this is sad news indeed. Ted wrote 4 books for guitarists: Chord Chemistry, Modern Chord Progressions, and Jazz Guitar Single Note Soloing (vols 1&2). They altered the lives of THOUSANDS of guitar players. I bought this album in the early eighties I think, and am extremely pleased to finally see it released in digital format. If you play guitar buy this album. Period. Now. You will not regret it. Listen to Danny Boy. Thank you Ted Greene for being a very positive influnce on all us guitar guys. You done well, and will be missed.

Amazing man. Amazing album. Must own classic of solo jazz guitar.

Ted passed in 2005 and left us with only one album. Ted was one of the few true masters of solo chord-melody jazz guitar. He chose to make teaching guitar the focus of his life, and through that - as well as his excellent classic books such as Chord Chemistry - is considered one of the most influential jazz guitarists ever. He was a kind, gentle man who touched many. He is missed. If you love solo jazz guitar, you'll love this album.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s

With only a slim body of recorded work to his name, guitar guru Ted Greene remains best known as a teacher and theoretician. His book Chord Chemistry is widely acclaimed as the bible for aspiring jazz guitarists. Born in Los Angeles on September 26, 1946, Greene began his own guitar studies at age 11, and was an accomplished player while still in high school, often collaborating with local R&B groups; he briefly studied accounting at Cal State Northridge, but soon dropped out to devote all of...
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  • $7.92
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 1977

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