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Poll Question: Who is your favourite fusion guitarist?
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    Posted: January 14 2020 at 05:33
Who is your favourite fusion guitarist? I threw in a few names that are usually considered to be completely on the jazz side, like Emily Remler or Ralph Towner, but I wanted their names in there because they are among my favourite guitarists. Feel free to comment. Multiple choices allowed.


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Alan Holdsworth in the first row, mainly due to his fantastic appearance on 'Bundles'
also John McLaughlin and Larry Coryell
I'm missing Gary Boyle here, great list nevertheless



Edited by Rivertree - January 14 2020 at 06:02
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Grumpyprogfan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2020 at 06:21
Cool poll. Holdsworth will never be equaled, he was groundbreaking and innovative. 

Holdsworth>Metheny>DiMeola>McLaughlin>Gambale>Scofield>Goodsall


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Really haven´t heard all of these, but anyway I chose other who is Jukka Tolonen. Fusion is not my biggest fav music, but listened it a little. McLaughlin of course great specially in the calmer pieces.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lewian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2020 at 06:37
Don't know some, love a number of them, but vote for Jan Akkerman only, as this was the one here whose name immediately jumped at me making me think I'd love to hear him playing now.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BaldFriede Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2020 at 07:37
My picks are Emily Remler and Volker Kriegel. An example each:

Emily Remler:

Volker Kriegel:


This is not your run-of-the-mill fusion guitar work with 10000 notes per second, though some of that firework is going off in these examples too. But there is a lot more.


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So many great ones on the list. Most have such individual styles that they could be number one to me on any given day/mood. So I went with 'other' to throw some other favorites into the mix.

Terje Rypdal
Alex Machacek
Jan Zehrfeld (Panzerballett)
David Fiuczynski (Hiromi's Sonicbloom, Screaming Headless Torsos)
Marton Kertesz (Special Providence)
Kristo Roots (Phlox)
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I wanted to have some women in the poll because female instrumentalists are definitely underrepresented in jazz, fusion and rock. So a few men had to be "sacrificed".


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BrufordFreak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2020 at 10:39
I probably "like" the music, sound, and melodies of Pat Metheny best, but I would never ever turn down a chance to see or hear the amazing John McLaughlin. His output in the 1960s with Tony & Miles, his 1970s solo, with all versions of Mahavishnu or Shakti, the 1980s in several forms and styles (the Paco/Al acoustic "super" trio, Belo Horizonte, his work with the Labeque sisters, his classically-oriented "Mediterranean Suite," the amazing Round Midnight soundtrack, his trio with Pino Pallodino & Trilock Gurtu, all remain among my favorite albums from that decade), the 1990s with his gorgeous acoustic guitar tribute to Bill Evans, Time Remembered, and the release of Trio of Doom LP with Jaco & Tony in Havana, even his stuff from the 2000s like Industrial Zen and Floating Point have been highly satisfying. 

John McLaughlin is, in my humble opinion, the most versatile, enigmatic, adventurous, virtuosic, and successful artist I know in that he has contributed to the creation of so many top notch albums over such a wide swath of styles and eras over his 60 year career. No one else even comes close! (No, not even Tony Levin!)     
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Nice list. I when with Holdsworth .
Steve Morse is another name that comes to mind. 
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Holdsworth all the way.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2020 at 11:54
Nice to see Emily Remler(who died way too soon) on here but where is Terje Rypdal? Wink

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Of those I've seen live:

1. Al Di Meola
2. John McLaughlin
3. Larry Coryell
4. Pat Metheny
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Goodsall, DiMeola, Abercrombie, Holdsworth, McLaughlin, Connors
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Other: Frank Zappa, although wanting to work with the list as given, the actual vote I placed was for Jan Akkerman. I like Holdsworth a whole lot and he is the most skilled, but something about his legato technique seems a little aloof to me in the end. He also uses a lot of scales, but I never get the exotic feeling from him that the scales he uses ought to contribute. Like most musicians unable to escape the tether of traditional Jazz, it becomes more about the feeling and mood of the chords than the scale - unfortunately.
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Originally posted by Grumpyprogfan Grumpyprogfan wrote:

Cool poll. Holdsworth will never be equaled, he was groundbreaking and innovative. 

Holdsworth>Metheny>DiMeola>McLaughlin>Gambale>Scofield>Goodsall



This, so much. Though I do love McLaughlin, ADM, Metheny and yes, Emily Remler too. Also names that came up later like Shawn Lane or Scott Henderson. It's tough to draw lines and compare titans. Still, Holdsworth was just so unique.
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Abercrombie for his artistry, though Larry Coryell was the best I've ever seen live and Holdsworth is of course on another level.

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Controversial maybe but John Petrucci for the 2 Liquid Tension Experiment albums. I believe these are wrongly designated as Progressive Metal (understandably because its basically Dream Theater without LaBrie but with Tony Levin) . They are both fusion style albums to my ears so I will stick with that.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr prog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 15 2020 at 02:02
Holdsworth has a horrible electric guitar sound. McLaughlins electric guitar sound is a mess
All I like is prog related bands beginning late 60's/early 70's. Their music from 1968 - 83 has the composition and sound which will never be beaten. Perfect blend of jazz, classical, folk and rock.
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