Essential jazz guitar albums

101 Essential Jazz Guitar Albums

From iconic classics to contemporary masterpieces, this comprehensive (non-exhaustive) list with the corresponding year of release shows the 101 essentials jazz albums by legendary guitarists as Bill Frisell, Django Reinhardt, Grant Green, George Benson and many others.

Charlie christian albums
Kenny burrell albums
Joe pass albums
Jimmy raney albums
Django reinhardt
Grant green albums

Here's a non-exhaustive list of 101 essential jazz guitar albums with the artist names in alphabetical order :

1. Al Di Meola - "Elegant Gypsy" (1977)
2. Al Di Meola - "Land of the Midnight Sun" (1976)
3. Barney Kessel - "The Poll Winners" (1957)
4. Bill Frisell - "Good Dog, Happy Man" (1999)
5. Bill Frisell - "Guitar in the Space Age!" (2014)
6. Bireli Lagrene - "Routes to Django" (1980)
7. Charlie Christian - "The Genius of the Electric Guitar" (compilation)
8. Charlie Hunter Quartet - "Natty Dread" (1997)
9. Django Reinhardt - "Djangology" (compilation)
10. Django Reinhardt - "The Complete Django Reinhardt and Quintet of the Hot Club of France Swing/HMV Sessions" (1936-1948)
11. Earl Klugh - "Finger Paintings" (1977)
12. Earl Klugh - "Heart String" (1979)
13. Eddie Lang - "1927-1933" (compilation)
14. Emily Remler - "Transitions" (1983)
15. Emily Remler - "East to Wes" (1988)
16. Freddie Green - "Mr. Rhythm" (compilation)
17. George Benson - "Breezin'" (1976)
18. George Benson - "Guitar Man" (2011)
19. Grant Green - "Idle Moments" (1964)
20. Grant Green - "Matador" (1979)
21. Herb Ellis - "Nothing But the Blues" (1957)
22. Herb Ellis and Joe Pass - "Two for the Road" (1974)
23. Howard Alden - "A Good Likeness" (1993)
24. Howard Roberts - "Good Pickin's" (1959)
25. Jack Wilkins - "Windows" (1973)
26. Jack Wilkins - "Merge" (2001)
27. Jim Hall - "Concierto" (1975)
28. Jim Hall - "Undercurrent" (1962)
29. Jimmy Raney - "A" (1954)
30. Jimmy Raney - "Visions" (1976)
31. Joe Pass - "Virtuoso" (1973)
32. Joe Pass - "Unforgettable" (1992)
33. John Abercrombie - "Timeless" (1975)
34. John Abercrombie - "Gateway" (1975)
35. John McLaughlin - "My Goal's Beyond" (1971)
36. John McLaughlin - "Electric Guitarist" (1978)
37. Johnny Smith - "Moonlight in Vermont" (1952)
38. Johnny Smith - "The Sound of the Johnny Smith Guitar" (1961)
39. Jonathan Kreisberg - "Nelson" (2004)
40. Jonathan Kreisberg - "Night Songs" (2011)
41. John Scofield - "A Go Go" (1998)
42. John Scofield - "Hand Jive" (1994)
43. Julian Lage - "Arclight" (2016)
44. Julian Lage - "Love Hurts" (2019)
45. Kenny Burrell - "Midnight Blue" (1963)
46. Kenny Burrell - "Guitar Forms" (1965)
47. Kurt Rosenwinkel - "Deep Song" (2005)
48. Kurt Rosenwinkel - "The Next Step" (2001)
49. Larry Coryell - "Spaces" (1970)
50. Larry Coryell - "Tributaries" (1979)
51. Lee Ritenour - "Captain Fingers" (1977)
52. Lee Ritenour - "Wes Bound" (1993)
53. Lenny Breau - "The Legendary Lenny Breau...Now!" (1986)
54. Lenny Breau - "The Hallmark Sessions" (1996)
55. Lionel Loueke - "Heritage" (2012)
56. Lionel Loueke - "Virgin Forest" (2006)
57. Marc Ribot - "Rootless Cosmopolitans" (1990)
58. Marc Ribot - "Y Los Cubanos Postizos" (1998)
59. Martin Taylor - "Spirit of Django" (1994)
60. Martin Taylor - "Kiss and Tell" (1999)
61. Mary Halvorson - "Meltframe" (2015)
62. Mary Halvorson - "Code Girl" (2018)
63. Mike Stern - "Upside Downside" (1986)
64. Mike Stern - "Between the Lines" (1996)
65. Mundell Lowe - "A Grand Night for Swinging" (1957)
66. Mundell Lowe - "Haunting Love Songs" (2001)
67. Nels Cline - "Lovers" (2016)
68. Nels Cline - "Interstellar Space Revisited" (2002)
69. Oscar Moore - "The Oscar Moore Quartet" (1954)
70. Oscar Moore - "Blues in B-Flat" (1961)
71. Paco de Lucia - "Almoraima" (1976)
72. Paco de Lucia - "Siroco" (1987)
73. Pat Martino - "El Hombre" (1967)
74. Pat Martino - "We'll Be Together Again" (2012)
75. Pat Metheny - "Bright Size Life" (1976)
76. Pat Metheny - "The Way Up" (2005)
77. Peter Bernstein - "Signs LIVE!" (2019)
78. Peter Bernstein - "Heart's Content" (2002)
79. Ralph Towner - "Solstice" (1975)
80. Ralph Towner - "Diary" (1974)
81. René Thomas - "Meeting Mr. Thomas" (1963)
82. René Thomas - "Guitar Groove" (1970)
83. Russell Malone - "Black Butterfly" (2010)
84. Russell Malone - "Heartstrings" (2001)
85. Scott Henderson - "Tore Down House" (1997)
86. Scott Henderson - "Dog Party" (1994)
87. Sonny Sharrock - "Ask the Ages" (1991)
88. Sonny Sharrock - "Black Woman" (1969)
89. Stanley Jordan - "Magic Touch" (1985)
90. Stanley Jordan - "Bolero" (1994)
91. Steve Khan - "The Blue Man" (1978)
92. Steve Khan - "Public Access" (1990)
93. Tal Farlow - "The Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow" (1956)
94. Tal Farlow - "This Is Tal Farlow" (1958)
95. Ted Greene - "Solo Guitar" (1977)
96. Ted Greene - "The Magic of Christmas" (2003)
97. Wes Montgomery - "The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery" (1960)
98. Wes Montgomery - "Smokin' at the Half Note" (1965)
99. Wolfgang Muthspiel - "Where the River Goes" (2018)
100. Wolfgang Muthspiel - "Angular Blues" (2020)
101. Woody Shaw - "Rosewood" (1977)

Please note there are many other notable jazz guitarists and albums worth exploring. Leave a comment at the bottom of the page if you have any suggestions that could appear in the list.

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