Jazz guitarist active from 1959–1978. He is known for his mastery of single-note bebop lines, as well as the blues and R&B; and for recording with many organists throughout his career.
“[Jim] is in many ways the father of modern jazz guitar. To me, he’s the guy who invented a conception that has allowed the guitar to function in a lot of musical situations that just weren’t thought of as a possibility prior to his emergence as a player. He reinvented what the guitar could be as a jazz instrument.” – Pat Metheny, from the liner notes of ‘Jim Hall & Pat Metheny’
From the 1940’s to the early 1990’s, Barney was an iconic leader, sideman, and studio musician known for his fiery single-note approach and complex chord work.
Active as a recording artist in the ’50s and ’60s, Wes Montgomery represented a unique approach to improvisation through the use of single-notes, octaves, and block chords.