Guitar Reviews by Tom Cavanagh

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  1. Bridges by Gene Bertoncini and Michael Moore ·
    Gene Bertoncini is perhaps the finest nylon-string jazz guitarist performing today. The highlights on this set include Eleanor Rigby and standards How My Heart Sings, Insensatez (How Insensitive) and My Funny Valentine. If you're into Antonio Ca...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 3/8/2002 by Tom Cavanagh (2608)
  2. Joseph LoDuca - Guitarist / Composer ·
    Do you have aspirations of writing the film score for the next Hollywood blockbuster? Do you sit around woodshedding, while watching your favorite TV show, thinking "I could write the background music for this show"? Well, here's a guitarist who...(more)
    Musicians: Musician Websites · Posted: 3/11/2002 by Tom Cavanagh (2608)
  3. Bruce Eisenbeil - Jazz Guitarist ·
    Guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil has three releases on the CIMP label, Mural, Nine Wings and Opium. Bruce studied with Joe Pass, Howard Roberts, Joe Diorio and Dennis Sandole (teacher of John Coltrane and Pat Martino). He has developed a fresh approach...(more)
    Musicians: Musician Websites · Posted: 3/11/2002 by Tom Cavanagh (2608)
  4. Pumping Nylon by Scott Tennant ·
    This is one of my favorite books. Aside from including Giuliani's 120 Right-Hand Studies (extremely effective exercises) and Tarrega studies, Tenant has some really great studies on finger independance, developing the thumb, flamenco techniques,...(more)
    Books/Tab: Classical · Posted: 3/9/2002 by Tom Cavanagh (2608)
  5. Virtues of the Well by Robert Tye ·
    A great recording from a Detroit jazz guitarist who deserves the national attention he's finally receiving. Robert studied classical guitar with Joe Fava at Wayne State University and is a fantastic jazz player. Tracks I especially like on this...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 3/10/2002 by Tom Cavanagh (2608)
  6. Beginning Jazz Guitar by Jody Fisher ·
    This is a great book. If the student applies himself and really learns the twelve major scales, constructing them on paper, away from the guitar, as the author suggests early on in the book then the material on intervals, triads, larger chord co...(more)
    Books/Tab: Theory/Fundamentals · Posted: 3/11/2002 by Tom Cavanagh (2608)
  7. Music Reading for Guitar by David Oakes ·
    A great book consisting of melodic reading exercises in the fifth, open, 8va in fifth, twelth, second, third and seventh positions and rhythm exercises. The melodic exercises consist of "nonsense melodies" (as the author calls them) that requir...(more)
    Books/Tab: Theory/Fundamentals · Posted: 3/12/2002 by Tom Cavanagh (2608)
  8. Modern Guitar Method Grade 1 by Mel Bay ·
    This book has been around forever (since 1948) and it's not easy to get beginning students enthused about much of this material. I started with this book when I first started taking lessons at a Detroit music store in 1976, and I'm still using i...(more)
    Books/Tab: Theory/Fundamentals · Posted: 3/14/2002 by Tom Cavanagh (2608)
  9. Improvisation And Performance Techniques For Classical And Acoustic Guitar by Ralph Towner ·
    These studies will do wonders for your right-hand development and will introduce you to polymetrical rhythmic groupings (right hand plays melodic/rhythmic groupings that are asymmetrical to the time signature and its symmetrical groupings of thr...(more)
    Books/Tab: Jazz · Posted: 3/15/2002 by Tom Cavanagh (2608)
  10. Exit by Pat Martino ·
    While I love both Consciousness and Footprints, Exit is my favorite Martino album. Highlights include a superb version of "Days of Wine and Roses", a very hot "Blue Bossa", and Benny Golson's "I Remember Clifford". This is also my favorite Marti...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 3/16/2002 by Tom Cavanagh (2608)
  11. Consciousness by Pat Martino ·
    One morning while I was in high school, my alarm clock radio, set to the Wayne State U. jazz station, went off to the sound of Pat Martino burning through the "Impressions" guitar solo. That experience totally blew my mind, and I bought the firs...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 3/15/2002 by Tom Cavanagh (2608)
  12. Jim Hall Tribute Page ·
    A lot of information relating to the living legend Jim Hall, whom Sonny Rollins has referred to as "the greatest guitarist in jazz". In my opinion, essential recordings from the discography found at this site include: Jim Hall Live! (1975), an o...(more)
    Musicians: Musician Websites · Posted: 3/26/2002 by Tom Cavanagh (2608)
  13. Zen Guitar by Phil Sudo ·
    This is an interesting, thought-provoking book. The chapters on discipline, follow-through, competition and preparing the mind were excellent. However, I have some problems with the section on technique. Toshio Sudo writes "The aim here (the Z...(more)
    Books/Tab: Theory/Fundamentals · Posted: 3/29/2002 by Tom Cavanagh (2608)
  14. Ed Bickert, Canada's Jazz Guitar Master ·
    This is a very nice site, dedicated to the underrated jazz guitar master from Toronto, Ed Bickert. Ed has a beautiful tone, is one of the most lyrical soloists in jazz, and has a style of comping that is unparalleled. This site has an extensive ...(more)
    Musicians: Musician Websites · Posted: 4/1/2005 by Tom Cavanagh (2608)
  15. Robert Conti 8 String Jazz Guitar Virtuoso ·
    Jimmy Bruno calls Robert Conti "one of the finest players on the scene today!" He is probably not more well known since he has ventured in and out of the jazz guitar world over the years due to his success in the securities business. His video c...(more)
    Musicians: Musician Websites · Posted: 8/14/2002 by Tom Cavanagh (2608)
  16. Hearin' The Changes-Dealing With Unknown Tunes By Ear by Jerry Coker ·
    Learning the jazz repertoire can be made a whole lot easier when you start to recognize chord progressions instantly, by ear. This book helps you understand the sound and functions of the chord progressions found in jazz. This is beneficial for ...(more)
    Books/Tab: Jazz · Posted: 9/4/2002 by Tom Cavanagh (2608)
  17. The Incredible Tuck Andress ·
    Tuck Andress carries on the guitar tradition of Joe Pass and Lenny Breau, whether accompanying his wife, the fantastic vocalist Patti Cathcart Andress, or playing unbelievable solo arrangements with simultaneous bass lines, harmonic structure a...(more)
    Musicians: Musician Websites · Posted: 9/26/2002 by Tom Cavanagh (2608)
  18. The Motivic Basis For Jazz Guitar Improvisation by Steve Rochinski ·
    This book is broken down into sections on motives, application and development of chord patterns and improvising on blues and rhythm changes. Berklee prof Rochinski starts with three pages of motives, the essential vocabulary of jazz. Many of th...(more)
    Books/Tab: Jazz · Posted: 1/1/2003 by Tom Cavanagh (2608)
  19. Tal Farlow - Verve Jazz Masters 41 by Tal Farlow ·
    This collection contains many of Tal Farlow's classic recordings in trio, quartet and sextet formats. Tal was a guitarist with total mastery of the instrument who could burn on bop tunes as easily as he could reharmonize beautiful ballads. Jim H...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 1/1/2003 by Tom Cavanagh (2608)
  20. Cabin Fever by Lenny Breau ·
    This material was recorded in a cabin somewhere in the Canadian wilderness when Lenny Breau was getting over his father's death. The music was captured on tape by Breau's friend Glen McDonald, who had to bring a generator and recording equipment...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 4/2/2003 by Tom Cavanagh (2608)