Guitar Reviews by Christopher Sung

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  1. Question and Answer by Pat Metheny ·
    This was one of the records that completely changed my life. To really hear Pat stretch out both on some standard tunes (All The Things You Are, Solar, Old Folks) and on his own tunes in a trio setting with few effects and an incredible rhythm s...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 5/14/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  2. The Man with the Horn by Miles Davis ·
    I stumbled across this album while reading an interview with Carlos Santana on his picks for essential listening, and he mentioned Mike Stern and the cut "Fat Time" off this record, which is the only one he plays on. The record itself is OK, but...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 5/14/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  3. The Advancing Guitarist by Mick Goodrick ·
    For anyone who's ever spent time in the jazz scene in Boston, you've undoubtably seen or perhaps even met Mick. He's a funny, offbeat guy and an incredible guitar player. His teaching style is as humorous as it is cerebral, and this book is an...(more)
    Books/Tab: Jazz · Posted: 5/20/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  4. Uplift Mofo Party Plan by Red Hot Chili Peppers ·
    The first Peppers' album I ever got was Mother's Milk, which I really dug, and a friend recommended Uplift Mofo Party Plan. First of all, the groove in "Funky Crime" is so incredibly infectious that any time I get together with a bass player, I...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 5/22/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  5. Beatles Complete ·
    My mom got this for me a long time ago as a way to just start learning tunes. There are different versions of the same material out now which I haven't had a chance to check out, but every song you can think of is in here, and for the most part...(more)
    Books/Tab: Rock/Pop · Posted: 5/22/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  6. Tribal Tech by Tribal Tech ·
    You might find this album listed under Scott Henderson or Gary Willis. The first time I heard it, I became a complete Tribal Tech nut. Scott can play over anything, his phrasing is ridiculous, and Gary is so incredibly hip and solid. Scott's ...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 5/22/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  7. Complete Rags of Scott Joplin by William Albright ·
    Lately, I've been buying a lot of "The Complete Works of..." types of CDs for a good overall view of certain composers and players. This is the complete Scott Joplin, as played by William Albright, who is a pretty well-known modern composer wit...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 5/28/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  8. Blue Matter by John Scofield ·
    When I was trying to figure out how to play more "outside" types of lines in funk and rock situations, I spent a lot of time listening to this album. Since that time, I think Sco's playing has become a bit more introspective, but on this album,...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 5/28/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  9. Hand Jive by John Scofield ·
    At this point, I'd have to say that this is my favorite Sco record. I wouldn't say it necessarily has his best playing, but the tunes are so great, and John's style completely delivers what the music needs. This is also the record that made me...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 5/28/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  10. MSN Musician Community ·
    Just checked it out on Alex's recommendation. Lots 'o lessons with a nice interface. The lessons come with tab and an optional fretboard display, and most examples have MIDI and audio playback. I wish the tab had some timing information - you ...(more)
    Instruction: On-Line · Posted: 6/4/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  11. Extensions by Dave Holland ·
    Quick anecdote: I spent the summer of '89 in Banff, Canada in their Centre for the Arts, and the heads of the jazz program were: Dave Holland, Steve Coleman, Kevin Eubanks, and Smitty Smith. For a few nights, they played set after amazing set i...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 6/4/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  12. Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin ·
    OK, OK, so this is an easy one to recommend. But if I have to choose a favorite Zep album, I think it'd be this one (or would it be "Presence"...?). A while ago, I sat down with this record and the Led Zeppelin Complete songbook and tried to l...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 6/6/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  13. Talk To Your Daughter by Robben Ford ·
    This album satisfied a great thirst for me to hear Robben playing flat out blues. I loved his playing on the Yellowjackets albums, but it always seemed there was never enough of it. Here he's all over every tune and getting a chance to stretch...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 6/6/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  14. Yamaha FG-770S ·
    I think the Yamaha FG series guitars are the best bang for the buck. A while ago, I helped my friend Jim pick out his first acoustic, and we got him a $300 FG-411 I think. To this day, he still prefers it to some of the high-end acoustics runn...(more)
    Equipment: Guitars · Posted: 6/8/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  15. Pro Co Rat ·
    For solid-state distortion in a box, this is my favorite. Lately, I've been using a rack-mounted tube preamp for my distortion, but for small gigs or if you want a light load to haul, this is my choice.
    Equipment: Effects · Posted: 6/12/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  16. Ibanez AS100 ·
    I have pretty small hands, so playing the short-scale model really makes a difference in terms of wide fingerings and getting around on the fretboard. I was playing a Les Paul before this, so the rosewood neck really feels comfortable. The sou...(more)
    Equipment: Guitars · Posted: 6/13/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  17. Wayne Krantz / Monsta.com ·
    Not too much content, except for one great thing: a RealAudio clip of Wayne practicing (the link is called "Some call it practicing"). I think he just turned on his micro-recorder while practicing one day and it's just a great aural insight int...(more)
    Musicians: Musician Websites · Posted: 7/2/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  18. Doghouse NYC ·
    Wow!!! I thought Nathan was JUST a burnin' pianist (which is hard enough as it is), but he's also an incredible vocal talent. Check out the Real Audio examples of his jazz performances on this site.
    Writing/Recording: Recording Studios · Posted: 7/18/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  19. Telecaster Discussion Page ·
    Paul Green runs a good discussion at the TDP, with a large amount of regular contributing members discussing everything from Tele specifics to PODs to tubes to bridge plates. <br/><br/> One thing of note: no lurking allowed. You can't read mess...(more)
    Other: News Groups/Forums · Posted: 7/23/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  20. GaryWillis.com ·
    A very good friend of mine knows Gary pretty well, and apparently, one of Gary's current non-musical pursuits is Web design. It shows in this great site featuring his music, books, lessons, bio, and lots of pics and info relating to Tribal Tech...(more)
    Musicians: Musician Websites · Posted: 7/28/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)