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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by blowtorch, Apr 11, 2017.
hands down.... Jeff Beck.... played with everybody
(oh yea... had several influential bands of his own too)
...although he did try to downplay it with humor, antics, common sense, etc.
I'll go out on the limb and name 2 from the world of DISCO: Barry Gibb and Nile Rodgers.
It may be a stretch to call Barry Gibb a guitarist, but he was the Bee Gees' guitarist when the Gibbs were still playing the instruments, instead of just singing. Not many people are more accomplished in the world of music. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Gibb
Nile Rodgers, on the other hand, we all know as a guitarist who originally made it big as the guitarist of Chic, produced and played on Bowie's Let's Dance album, with Stevie Ray Vaughan and a lot more. There's a reason his Fender signature Strat is called "The HItmaker". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nile_Rodgers
"It is estimated that Rodgers has since made music worth more than $2 billion with the Hitmaker."
“This may be the most famous guitar ever heard but not seen in the public eye the way that, say, Bruce Springsteen’s Tele or Eric Clapton’s Strat has,” said Fender’s Justin Norvell. “It didn’t stay put with one band or one style—from disco to funk to hip-hop to pop to EDM. It’s like the original mix-tape guitar.”
Mick Harvey. He's not a guitar legend type but he has collaborated with a heck of a lot of people.
Alex Skolnick from the Thrash Metal band Testament is also an accomplished Jazz guitarist.
Here's a jazz cover of Detroit Rock City:
Then there's Yngwie, he's equally popularized J.S.Bach and N.Paganini to the youngsters as he has Heavy Metal
I am not a thrash or jazz guy, but I saw The Alex Skolnick Trio open for Rodrigo y Gabriela a few years back in Boston and was blown away. Amazing tone and touch. And yes, he did play Detroit Rock City.
Andres Segovia Julian Bream,
John Renbourn and Burt Jansch together,
Manitas de Plata, John Williams, Jim Hal, Grant Green, Joe Pass, Barney Kessel
How about Robben Ford.
A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman, John Scofield, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Larry Carlton, Mavis Staples, Brad Paisley, and many others.
Plus I think he played on a couple of Kiss songs and is a great educator doing DVDs and Truefire courses.
It'd difficult to out-overachieve Clapton in this context.
I would add James Burton to this list, however.
Rick Derringer * Ronnie Montrose * Rick Vito * Todd Rundgren * Daniel Lanois * Steve Winwood * Doyle Bramhall II * John Jorgenson * Gatemouth Brown * Jimmy Page * Carol Kaye * Shane Theriot
* Chet Atkins * Brent Mason * Luther Tucker * Robert Lockwood Jr. * Lowell George * Glen Campbell * Luther Dickinson * Clarence White * Leo Nocentelli * Ray Flacke * Phil Baugh *
+1 on James Burton.
I remember reading an old Guitar Player interview where he was asked about who he'd recorded with, and while he was modest about it, his recording resumé at the time was basically, well, everybody, with the possible exception of Barbra Striesand and one or two other recording artists.
I don't think Tony Levin's work with Peter Gabriel should be forgotten too!
Nils lofgren, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai
I don't know how this makes someone an overachiever if they've done multiple successful projects.
The better question may be, who are the guitarists who weren't all that good (comparatively) at playing the guitar and overachieved? Guys you see or hear play live and think to yourself, "really, he's got signature gear deals???"
All those artists that go through the Bad Seed camp put out some great music with some great bands. Micks a great example. Blixa & Warren Ellis too.
Bill Frisell, Adrian Belew, Julian Lage