This compilation is of pairs of guitarists harmonizing live rather than playing with themselves via multi-tracking, such as Les Paul did. It’s not about rock groups either, although Keith Richards and Ron Wood in the Rolling Stones and Jeff Beck with Jimmy Page come readily to mind. If you’re in the mood for that, then check out this page for more examples to listen to.
This site is essentially about jazz, a genre of imagination rather than scripted charts, of empathy and a willingness to push boundaries together. Guitar-guitar is the title of a Herb Ellis & Charlie Byrd album released in 1963, and the initial inspiration for this compilation. However, we’ve gone back some thirty years to the pioneers of jazz guitar, and perhaps the greatest guitar partner, Eddie Lang.
As for current guitar duettists, seek out Bill Frisell with, at various times, Vinicius Cantuária, John Scofield and Pat Metheny, and Metheny with the late Jim Hall. This compilation is vocal free and, with one exception, all acoustic. I’ve included the Andy Summers and Robert Fripp track because … well listen to the difference.
01. Lonnie Johnson & Eddie Lang – Handful Of Riffs
02. Eddie Lang & Carl Kress – Feeling My Way
03. Carl Kress & Tony Mottola – Boogie Woogie For Guitar
04. Carl Kress & Dick McDonough – Chicken A La Swing
05. John Cali & Tony Guttuso – Hittin’ On All Six
06. Sarane Ferret et Le Swing Quintette de Paris – Deux Guitares
07. Herb Ellis & Charlie Byrd – Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
08. Pat Martino & Bobby Rose – Sunny
09. Jim Hall & Pat Metheny – Improvisation 3
10. Andy Summers & Robert Fripp – In The Cloud Forest
11. Duo Sonare – Tubular Bells Part 1