Other Musicians That I Really Dig

Pat Metheny

Image of Pat Metheny Pat is perhaps one of the best guitar players ever to walk the planet earth. A bold statement, but it's true. I highly recommend that you go see Pat play live if you can. It will change your life.

I first saw Pat play when I was a student at the Berklee College of Music back in 1991. He came to our school and gave a talk about jazz music and guitar playing. Later that evening he performed with some student musicians and with Berklee faculty member Gary Burton. I was totally blown away. I can't even begin to describe how well he played. I never knew such things could be done with the guitar. Pat is a great American treasure. Not only is he a master improviser, he is a fine composer too.

I'm surprised that many people don't know about him. Every time I've seen him perform live, which has been about 8 or 9 times now, I'm left completely floored - in a state of shock. Find out more info about Pat Metheny and his group at: www.patmethenygroup.com.

Bill Frisell

Image of Bill Frisell This guy is another fantastic guitar player. I've seen him perform live a few times and am always astounded by his musicality, his total command over the guitar, and his artistic sensitivity. He's a zen country boy gone mad with bebop and a delay unit. He's a really nice guy too, kind of shy. I met him once, but didn't really know what to say to him. (The same thing happened when I met Pat Metheny. If you ever have a chance to meet someone famous, don't do it. It's just too weird, pointless.)

Bill's music is captured well on some very nice records. I really dig an album called, In Line. This is an early record by Bill on the ECM record label and came out around 1986 or so. He plays a song on that album that is the most beautiful piece of music I've ever heard in my life, a tune called Throughout. He plays on another really cool record called Bass Desires. This is an album by Marc Johnson, a fine jazz bass player, and is perhaps my favorite record of all time.

Bill has played on so many records it's crazy but I can assure you any record he's played on is very good. Find his stuff and listen to it. You won't be disappointed. To find out more info about Bill, check out his homepage.

John McLaughlin

Image of John McLaughlin John is another one of my favorite guitar players. This guy is like fine scotch - he just gets better and better with time. I've seen him about a half dozen times, but the one show that really sticks out in my mind is when I saw him play at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusettes, back in 1992. This was an unbelieveable concert experience to say the least. John was performing all his tunes from a record called "Que Alegria." He played with Trilok Gurtu, an amazing percussionist, and with an astounding bass player named Dominique Di Piazza. These guys were magnificent. I'll never forget that night. It was only three guys playing, but it sounded like forty.

All I have to say is that if you haven't heard of these guys, you're really missing out. They are the best at what they do - they are treasures, truely magical. Life just wouldn't be quite right without them.

Greg Koch

An Autographed Photo of Greg Koch Greg is my new favorite guitarist. I met him once here in Denver at a store clinic on April 3, 2002. He played wonderfully and I must say he is totally funny as well as a very nice guy. He's outrageous on stage. He's a cross between Jimi Hendrix and Rodney Dangerfield. Zoiks!

If you've never heard of this guy, please do yourself a favor and check him out. His music is wonderful - very inspiring and zany. His technique is blistering, but it doesn't get in the way of his soulful and playful heart - a feat most musicians can't pull off. But Greg is a total natural guitar player - he's got the genes for it. It's in his blood. His homepage is www.gregkoch.com.