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Watch the Listening for Jazz Comping online guitar lesson by Sean McGowan from Creative Jazz Comping

This section features an annotated list of essential listening featuring various recordings and guitarists that illustrate the concepts featured throughout this course. I'll analyze some of my personal favorites in terms of their comping styles and what to listen for in their playing and contributions to the music.

Recommended Players & Recordings

Jim Hall:
  • Jim Hall Live!
  • Big Blues - with Art Farmer
  • Take Ten - with Paul Desmond
  • The Bridge - with Sonny Rollins
  • Undercurrent - with Bill Evans
  • Intermodulation - with Bill Evans
  • Interplay - with Bill Evans Quintet
  • Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival - with Bob Brookmeyer
  • Alone Together - with Ron Carter
  • Little Big Horn - with Nat Adderley
Classic Piano & Guitar:
  • Wes Montgomery & Wynton Kelly - Smokin' at the Half Note
  • Kenny Burrell & Tommy Flanagan - Introducing Kenny Burrell
Piano, Guitar & Bass Trios:
  • Tal Farlow - The Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow
  • Herb Ellis - Triple Treat (with Monty Alexander & Ray Brown)
  • Billy Bean - The Trio (with Walter Norris & Hal Gaylor)
  • Eddie Duran - A Flower is a Lovesome Thing (with Vince Guaraldi Trio)
Early Jazz Guitar:
  • Eddie Lang - Duo recordings with Joe Venuti, accompanying Bix Beiderbecke, duo recordings with guitarists Lonnie Johnson, Carl Kress & Dick McDonough
With Vocalists:
  • Barney Kessel - Julie is Her Name (with Julie London)
  • Mundell Lowe - After Hours (with Sarah Vaughan)
  • Joe Pass - Easy Living (with Ella Fitzgerald)
  • Tuck Andress - Tears of Joy (Tuck & Patti)
  • John Scofield - So Near, So Far (with Joe Henderson)
  • Pat Metheny - Wish (with Joshua Redman)
  • Pat Metheny - Pursuance: The Music of John Coltrane (with Kenny Garrett)
  • Bill Frisell - The On Broadway Series (with Paul Motian)
  • Bill Frisell - Bill Evans (with Paul Motian Quartet)
  • Lage Lund - The OWL Trio
  • Maarten van der Grinten - Between a Dog and a Lamppost (with DIG d'DIZ)