Guitarist Alex Skolnick is a diverse talent who has created disparate music with Testament and his own trio. It’s no surprise, then, that his list of essential guitar albums, as described to Music Radar, is an eclectic assortment. In addition to landmark fare as Jeff Beck’s Blow by Blow and Van Halen’s debut, Skolnick points to Miles Davis’ We Want Miles (featuring Mike Stern on guitar), Question and Answer by Pat Metheny and Live Album by Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit which stars guitarist Jimmy Herring. Skolnick on Live Album:

This is one of those records that, anytime I play it for somebody, it’ll make that person scratch his head and say, ‘Why have I not heard of this guy?’ It’s really that good. I was very impressed by Jimmy’s vocabulary on the guitar. His total approach to the instrument is vast.

Read the entire list at MR.

Right here.

 

I was reminded of Jimmy Herring last night while watching the Squidbillies episode “Need for Weed” featuring Widespread Panic. Man, is he ridiculous or what?

Yep, everyone was right: Jimmy Herring is awesome. Check out his Blow by Blow-esque take on Stevie Wonder’s “Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers.”

Hot on the heels of Rolling Stone‘s perplexing and muddled “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” Guitar World has issued a saner listing of greats. Their article, “30 on 30: The Greatest Guitarists Picked by the Greatest Guitarists” gets it better. Leave it to a guitar publication to please a bitchy guitarist, I suppose.

The 30 panelists make some predictable choices: Eddie Van Halen cites Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani cites Jimi Hendrix, etc. And then there are some interesting surprises, such as Steve Vai’s take on Brian May:

He’s probably one of the top identifiable guitar players, even more so than Beck, Page and Clapton.His contribution to orchestrated guitars is unprecedented. There was nothing like it before him. To me, it was like when Edward Van Halen came along and reshaped the sound of electric guitar. That’s what I heard in Brian May’s playing.

And Mick Mars’ praise of Alvin Lee:

Alvin brought a real explosive side to the blues. Some people said they couldn’t handle it, but I thought he was great.

Alex Skolnick raves about Jimmy Herring, as did Doug Morrison right here on Pointy. Time to really dig into him.

Read the entire set of 30 at GW.

Right here.

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