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The Complete Decca Trios documents the beginning of Les Paul’s career, during which time he mastered several different styles including blues, country, and big band jazz. It all started in 1936, when the 21-year-old guitarist released several records (contained in the first six tracks of this collection) as an accompanist for blues singer Georgia White, a beautiful bellower in the mold of Bessie Smith. Then Paul recorded several hillbilly songs under the pseudonym Rhubarb Red and after that, he began developing his signature model guitar and turned to jazz, the music that was his true love. The recordings show the prolific Paul pairing up with a wide range of artists, from Quincy Jones to Helen Forrest to the Delta Rhythm Boys and the Andrews Sisters. Paul was ideal accompaniment for vocalists because his tone was so humanistic and lyrical. He shines on ballads, providing feats of finger movement that are as gentle as they are masterful. Immediately following the period documented on this collection Paul was in a car accident that would shatter his right arm and change the course of his career. However, these recordings form the training ground upon which he built his 1950s innovations.

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Les Paul is one of my favorite guitarists and this album is awesome!

Check out the song "What would it take?" is fantastic in every way.

Les Paul is an amazing guitar player. He makes long, quick guitar runs sound awesome. "How high the moon" sounds out of this world. Make sure you check out "What would it take?"...the most under-appreciated jewel on this album. It's absolutely perfect.


Born: June 9, 1915 in Waukesha, WI

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Les Paul had such a staggeringly huge influence over the way American popular music sounds today that many tend to overlook his significant impact upon the jazz world. Before his attention was diverted toward recording multi-layered hits for the pop market, he made his name as a brilliant jazz guitarist whose exposure on coast-to-coast radio programs guaranteed a wide audience of susceptible young musicians. Heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt at first, Paul eventually developed an astonishingly...
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