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Video: Five Contemporary Jazz Guitarists Worth Checking Out

Video: Five Contemporary Jazz Guitarists Worth Checking Out

Frank Zappa famously proclaimed that “jazz isn’t dead, it just smells funny.”

And while that certainly may have been true in the fusion heyday of the 1970s and '80s, there's a younger breed of jazz musicians making music that is forward-looking but far less odorous.

Here are some personal favorites of mine -- five videos of contemporary jazz guitarists you might want to check out.

Kurt Rosenwinkel, “The Next Step,” Next Step

Rosenwinkel is probably the most renowned modern jazz guitarist since Pat Metheny. His adventurous improvisations and emotional hornlike phrasing have made him a favorite of aspiring Berklee guitar performance majors for almost two decades. This video of his composition “The Next Step,” features Rosenwinkel along with a collection of the biggest names in contemporary jazz including Joshua Redman on tenor sax and Brad Mehldau on piano.

Rosenwinkel has performed with jazz legends like Gary Burton and Joe Henderson as well as with hip-hop artists The Roots and Q-Tip.


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