50 Fastest Guitarists of All Time
Guitar World exeeds the legal limit with this roundup — in alphabetical order — of the 50 fastest masters of the fretboard.
SIGNATURE SONG: “China Boy”
ALBUM: Swingin’ on the Strings (JIMMY BRYANT & SPEEDY WEST)
Jazz legend Barney Kessel once called Jimmy Bryant “the fastest and the cleanest guitar player I have known.” Listening to Bryant’s timeless instrumental duos with pedalsteel guitarist Speedy West, one instantly realizes that Kessel wasn’t complimenting Bryant’s punctuality and hygiene. Bryant played a wild fusion of country and jazz equally influenced by Django Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz and Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys western swing, and he became an important figure on the West Coast studio scene, accompanying country artists like Tennessee Ernie Ford and Tex Williams as well as pop artists like Bing Crosby and Spike Jones. Bryant’s work with Speedy West recorded in the Fifties showcases his talents at their unrestrained peak.
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