Carlos Santana,(born July 20, 1947) is a Mexican and American musician who first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American jazz. The band’s sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and Afcan rhythms featuring percussion instruments such as timbales and congas not generally heard in rock music. Santana continued to work in these forms over the following decades. He experienced a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s. In 2003 Rolling Stone magazine listed Santana at number 20 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He has won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards.
Here´s one of my favorite Santana tracks performed live at Montreux 2011.
A guitarist who influenced the music scene over many decades with his innovative work was Robert Fripp.
He is ranked 62nd on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2011 list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time after having been ranked by David Fricke 42nd on its 2003 list.Tied with Andrés Segovia, he also is ranked 47th on Gibson’s Top 50 guitarists of all time.
Here´s his legendary cult band “King Crimson”
with vocalist and bass player Greg Lake. They used one of first times a “Melotron” on this record.
The Mellotron is an electro-mechanical, polyphonictape replay keyboard originally developed and built in Birmingham, England, in 1963. It evolved from a similar instrument, the Chamberlin, but could be mass-produced more effectively. The instrument is played by pressing its keys, each of which presses a length of magnetic tape against a capstan, drawing it across a playback head. Then as the key is released, the tape is retracted by a spring to its initial position. Different portions of the tape can be played to access different sounds.
Here´s Robert Fripp & King Krimson.
And in this song David Bowie himself used the unmistakeable sound of Robert Fripp.
His 1970s electric band, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, performed a technically virtuosic and complex style of music that fused electric jazz and rock with Indian influences.
McLaughlin has been cited as an influence by a number of prominent musicians. He is a Grammy Award winner and has been awarded multiple “Guitarist of the Year” and “Best Jazz Guitarist” awards from magazines such as Down Beat and Guitar Player based on reader polls. In 2003, he was ranked 49th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time“.In 2009, Down Beat Magazine included McLaughlin in its unranked list of “75 Great Guitarists”, in the “Modern Jazz Maestros” category In 2012, Guitar World magazine ranked him #63 on its top 100 list. In 2010, guitarist Jeff Beck called him “the best guitarist alive” McLaughlin was also referred to as the best guitarist alive by Pat Metheny. McLaughlin’s solo on the cut “Miles Beyond” from his album Live at Ronnie Scott’s won the 2018 Grammy Award for the Best Improvised Jazz Solo.
Here´s playing with guitar heroe Carlos Santana.
And here´s a very rare record from 1963 with the Graham Bond Organization.
From the first days when I started guitar playing the blues legend John Mayall influenced me as well.
John Dawson Winter III (February 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014), known as Johnny Winter, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Best known for his high-energy blues-rock albums and live performances in the late 1960s and 1970s, Winter also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters. After his time with Waters, Winter recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues FoundationHall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time“.
Here´s his most famous record.
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