Hi y’all, it’s your friendly neighborhood webmaster here for another edition of Stuff Jason’s Been Listening To. Recently I’ve been focused on guitarists. Who can say why phases come and go in my listening habits? Today, though, I was especially digging Joe Pass. Take this, for example (and see if you can spot a certain piano player at the top):
Pretty great, right? Joe could cook with a band or without one.
Mary Halvorson is a forward-thinking adventurer. She’s one of the few jazz artists who’s been on NPR’s Tiny Desk series. She was also on The Jazz Session.
Another guy I really enjoy is Gene Bertoncini. Gene has played with everyone. Like, really everyone. Here he is performing a medley of standards:
If you’d like to learn more about Gene, I interviewed him a while back.
I clearly remembering walking into a basement club in Manhattan one night and hearing Camila Meza (interview) for the first time. I don’t think I moved for her whole set. Here she is at Jazz Standard:
Sacramento’s Ross Hammond (interview) is a heck of a guitar player, whether in electric improvised settings or in solo acoustic performances. On his most recent tour, he played right in my living room for a house concert, in between gigs at much bigger venues. Enjoy:
Those are some of my faves. Let me know yours in the comments.