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Michael Duffey from Media, Pennsylvania

Profound. You’re very relaxed when you play. And great bending on the strings. Who is your most influential jazz guitarist?

The three jazz guys I followed most closely were Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass. Following closely are George Benson (my favorite album of his was the George Benson Cookbook), Al DiMeola (gotta love his work with Return to Forever), Herb Ellis, Tal Farlow and Barney Kessel. And who doesn’t love the fire and fury of Django Reinhardt. Still, Charlie Christian defined fluid creativity, Wes Montgomery’s solos were always fresh and story like, while Joe Pass was just a consummate master of jazz guitar.

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