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axisusaxisus Frets: 10867
They way I play: Blues and 'blues based rock' (not that well)

Players I listen to are mostly: Rock, jazz fusion, widdlers, Prog, metal, 'virtuosos'

I'd like to get away from blues, pentatonic rock, virtuosos etc and listen to something a bit different so I'm looking for recommendations for interesting/respected guitarists who are interesting but probably not 'flashy' in the traditional sense. I didn't get into things like Britpop, anyone to check out there? Any particularly good guitar albums?

Any help appreciated!


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  • welshboyowelshboyo Frets: 948
    Mike Landau -  a lot of variation on his stuff, can get a bit angular at times with his note choices but IMO he is one of if not the best player I have ever heard.
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 1550
    John Squire of the Stone Roses is a lifelong favourite of mine.  Bernard Butler of Suede, Graham Coxon from Blur.  Carl Barat/Pete Doherty from the Libertines.

    Or on a different tact what about the Band, The Byrds (Roger McGuinn jangle) Clarence White, Flying Burrito Brothers if you aren't already into them.
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  • dindudedindude Frets: 5469

    I was going to also suggest Mike Landau - incredible player but he's not that dissimilar to your norm, and still pretty virtuoso, if he's not already on your radar. Scott Henderson also, but I think he's already on your radar.

    Going for something completely different, listen to Weld by Neil Young - not technical playing by any stretch, but incredible in it's personality and approach. I like a lot of the players you've mentioned in the past, but the Weld version of Cortez the Killer, is one of the best pieces of guitar work I've ever heard, just beautiful and ugly all at once.

    Other choices:

     Adrian Belew

    R.E.M. - this got me out of my Satriani / Vai cycle back in the day with playing that simply served the song.

    In the indie realm, Stone Roses for sure, also Bernard Butler / Suede, Coxon / Blur.

    Some other "Palette Cleansers" for me are The Velvet Underground and The Flaming Lips (start with The Soft Bulletin).

    Great guitar work on Aching Baby by U2.


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  • westwest Frets: 326
    Bill Frisell ....
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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 10867
    I've done the likes of Landau, Henderson, Frisell etc, I mostly think of them as jazz fusion and I have tons of Jazz fusion!

    Thanks for the other names, stuff to check out. I need to get away from Pentatonic world and Widdle city for a while!
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 8983
    Gordon Giltrap?
    Wizz Jones?
    Lutenists?
    "Working" software has only unobserved bugs. (Parroty Error: Pieces of Nine! Pieces of Nine!)
    Seriously: If you value it, take/fetch it yourself
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  • KebabkidKebabkid Frets: 1421
    Listen to the Steely Dan catalogue - there's enough there that's different from quite a few guitarists.

    Robben Ford and his 'Talk to your daughter' album for jazzy blues that's a little different.
     
     www.cairoeast.co.uk - Madness Tribute band (Bass Player) and guitarist elsewhere
    Feedback - http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/57885/
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  • Matt_McGMatt_McG Frets: 92
    edited June 11
    What about some classical guitar?

    This is about the hardest thing you'd ever try to play -- I know, I've tried -- but it doesn't necessarily sound it, at the start:



    or some heavily detuned classical:




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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 18438
    edited June 11
    Daniel Lanois, in addition to the others mentioned.
    Matt Schofield.
    I am the juice of four limes.
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  • Matt_McGMatt_McG Frets: 92
    Or a bit of Julian Lage:



    Or Mark Lettieri playing with Bob Reynolds (this is funky, and the solo is great):



    Or solo, in a more meditative vein:




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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 18438
    Check out Matt playing the Albert King classic here:



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  • sev112sev112 Frets: 382
    Maurice Deebank in early 80s Felt

    https://youtu.be/emTUT5-zLQs



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  • Winny_PoohWinny_Pooh Frets: 2913
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    Jim Campilongo - Heaven is Creepy
    Steve Tibbetts - The fall of us all (pm me if you can't find it)
    Ernest Ranglin - below the bassline
    Tom Waits - Rain dogs (w marc ribot)
    Wilco - Sky Blue Sky (w Nels Cline)
    Gillian Welch - Time (the revelator) w David Rawlings
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  • Matt_McGMatt_McG Frets: 92
    Lots of great stuff there, @Winny_Pooh ;

    Oh, here's George Benson, totally killing it, when he was young:



    Now, I wouldn't say this isn't virtuoso playing, but it's funky as hell. 

    And another, less virtuosic, but the groove and his tone is fantastic:


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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 7168
    Jim Campilongo - Heaven is Creepy
    Steve Tibbetts - The fall of us all (pm me if you can't find it)
    Ernest Ranglin - below the bassline
    Tom Waits - Rain dogs (w marc ribot)
    Wilco - Sky Blue Sky (w Nels Cline)
    Gillian Welch - Time (the revelator) w David Rawlings
    Jim Campilongo is always the correct answer. Heaven is Creepy is probably the definitive one. I’d also recommend the first Little Willies album as country music for people who don’t normally listen to country and Jim’s playing on it is great. 

    I want to say some surf although its not a very album oriented genre and compilations can get a bit samey. So, bit of modern surf:
    The Bambi Molesters - Sonic Bullets. Lot more varied/ modern/darker than trad surf. 

    For a slightly different take on blues:
    Songhoy Blues - Music in Exile. 

    If you fancied ( largely) guitar based music that’s a bit different and featuring a member of The Fretboard I don’t know which would be their definitive album but let’s go:
    Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog - Dyddiau Du, Dyddiau Gwyn. Easily available on streaming platforms, youmight struggle to find a physical copy. 

    Right,an actual 21st century artist, somewhere between indie, blues and rocknroll:
    JD McPherson - Undivided Heart and Soul ( but any of his). If nothing else it just sounds gorgeous.
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  • Matt_McGMatt_McG Frets: 92
    Blake Mills is also a good shout. "Heigh Ho" (the album).
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  • Check out Simon Mcbride, absolute monster player.

    Also check out the Album 'No Substitutions: Live in Osaka' Which is Steve Lukather and Larry Carlton. I've just revisited this album and I can't get enough of it. Superb playing of course, that goes without saying. Killer band and really interesting to hear the contrasting tones. Carlton with his mid pushed tone and Lukather with his mid scooped tone.

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  • mr-macmr-mac Frets: 196
    edited June 11
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  • blobbblobb Frets: 870
    Fred Frith.
    Feelin' Reelin' & Squeelin'
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  • ReverendReverend Frets: 1675
    David Eugene Edwards. 
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  • I rather like Kris Drevers playing. 
    Here he is playing in Lau. 


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  • HaychHaych Frets: 525
    How about Lapdance Armageddon?


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  • matdotcodotmatdotcodot Frets: 65

    Blake Mills has an interesting technique, and comes across as a very humble chap.


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