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Great Guitars (band)

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Great Guitars was a supergroup formed by jazz guitarists Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, and Barney Kessel in 1973.[1][2]

The trio performed intermittently from 1973 and released several live albums: Great Guitars (1975), Great Guitars 2 (1976), Great Guitars at the Winery (1980), Great Guitars: Straight Tracks (1991), Return of the Great Guitars (1996), Great Guitars Concord Jazz (2005). After a stroke ended Kessel's career in 1992, Ron Escheté, Mundell Lowe, Larry Coryell, and Tal Farlow [3] variously joined Byrd and Ellis in later concerts.[4]


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2000). Afro-Cuban Jazz. San Francisco: Miller Freeman. p. 98. ISBN 0-87930-619-X.
  2. ^ Sallis, James, ed. (1996). The Guitar in Jazz: An Anthology. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press. p. 114. ISBN 0-8032-4250-6.
  3. ^ "Great Guitars of Jazz: Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis & Tal Farlow in Concert (DVD)". Retrieved 19 Dec 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Great Guitars". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 November 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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