Photo by The Queen’s HallIn the early piece of the twentieth century jazz guitar players rather frequently employed the old-time banjo. This really is not the instrument always considered now in the idiom. The banjo then, as it’s today, was mostly chosen for nation, bluegrass and folk music, the antithesis of cool.
Gibson come out with all the initially hollow-body acoustic guitar that might finally substitute the banjo in 1923. A musician might today play a more complex set of chords and supply an interesting rhythm. By the 1930s the banjo was back in the nation fold as well as the guitar was on its method to gaining a strong area in the swing orchestra. It was found on the road to coolness.
By the late 1930s, the electrical guitar created its first and elements were not the same. Finally there was clearly a stringed instrument that may be heard amongst the dissonance that create up an orchestra. Whether it be swing, bebop, smooth, fusion or hard-bop, it today had an undeniable presence.
Guitarist Charlie Christian was the initial to employ this brand-new amplification in his recordings with The Benny Goodman Orchestra. He had been a rarity but. The big-band orchestras placed the guitarist in the rhythm section, seldom as a solo instrument. Unless you were Django Reinhardt who played a fashion thus inventive it had to be front and center.
Things started to change when styles moved away from full orchestras into small combos. Below the guitar was provided its due. Kenny Burrell, Barney Kessel, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass became known names as bebop developed and became the design within the late 1940s to the 1960s. They went on to record as soloists.
Things prepared another drastic leap in the 1970s with a design that fused jazz with rock. Especially thick metal rock, taken within the playbook of Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton. Jazz guitarists were no longer content with cool. They heated points up with ample amount, wah-wah pedals and octave splitters. Heavy metal was provided a hot jazzy twist. John McLaughlin was the preeminent name of the modern fashion but others followed.
Fusion had its appeal for some but was changed with a smoother, commercial sound by the 1980s. The wah-wah pedal as well as the octave splitters were transmitted packing while jazz continued to merge itself into different genres like planet music, blues, pop and new-age. This clean sound goes right back to Charlie Christian. There is a neo-traditional school aim on playing the cool, lush sound of the early guitarists. Django Reinhardt continues to influence a new generation of jazz guitar players whose Latin fashion is common in dance clubs. We have come full-circle. Even the jazz banjo has a growing enthusiast base.