A pair of American guitar masters, Eric Johnson and Mike Stern, have finally made good on their wish to record a collaborative album: The two are releasing Eclectic on the Heads Up International imprint later this month. Johnson and Stern are also appearing jointly on tour as well as in print at Guitar Aficionado, wherein they discuss the genesis of the project and the material. As Eric Johnson describes the track “Benny Man’s Blues:”

While I was figuring out what to do, I started thinking about some of those old Benny Goodman records where there’s just a couple of chord changes, but it still has that blues vibe.

Read more and listen to a sample at GA.

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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.

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Hot shit from Mike Stern early in his career. I suppose one could muster up some energy with Billy Cobham cooking behind you.

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