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Joe Pass: Hans Bernhard/Wikimedia. Richie Blackmore:Joan Sorolla/Wikimedia Commons. Brian May courtesy of brianmay.com. Danny Gatton: Elektra Records.

Joe Pass
in the mid
'70s with
his Gibson
ES-175.

the effect of the classical-based lessons of his
earliest years with the pop forms taught to
him by British studio ace "Big" Jim Sullivan.
Intially, Deep Purple music had a progrock bent, then (with the introduction of
singer Ian Gillan) became more loose, with
a blues-based jam sound highlighted by
often-intense interplay between Blackmore
and keyboardist Jon Lord. With Rainbow,
Blackmore at first mingled classical and
baroque with the band's R&B/pop leanings
before it leaned mainstream as videos and
MTV became cultural tastemakers.
Today, he eschews rock and roll, instead
keying on making baroque-/renaissanceinspired folk music with his wife in their
band, Blackmore's Night.

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Joe Pass
I
nformed by a non-linear
background in music
and with encouragement from his non-musical
father, Joe Pass used a
Harmony guitar to learn by

ear while keying on parts
played by instruments
other than guitar - influenced as much by sax
player Charlie Parker as
Django Reinhardt.

He began gigging at 14
and within a few years
moved to New York City
intent on making a living
with his guitar, but became addicted to heroin.
After spending several
years in prison and twoplus in rehab, he emerged
in 1962 as part of an album
titled Sounds of Synanon, recorded by patients at the facility where
he overcame addiction.
The disc brought Pass
critical recognition and
helped launch a recording
career with the Pacific
Jazz label, for which he
made several influential
albums and backed many
of the era's top performers. Work came outside
the label, backing big
names, and he played
on the most-popular TV
talk shows. Later, he
recorded with Duke
Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie,
Ella Fitzgerald, and Count
Basie, among others.
Pass died of liver cancer
in May of 1994. His final
works were a duet album
with Roy Clark on which
they worked up instrumental covers of Hank
Williams songs, and a live
performance at the famed
Yoshi's club in Oakland.

'60s guitar instrumentals to heavy elements
inspired by Led Zeppelin. He famously employed rich chordal textures while exhibiting
tremendous compositional skill whether
running his home-made Red Special guitar
through his AC30 or laying out impressive
classical/Spanish-tinged solos as on "Who
Needs You" from News of The World.

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Brian May

Bringing more than his share of skill to
one of rock's most musically diverse outifts,
Queen, his playing injected the band with
influences ranging from '50s roots-rock to

Danny Gatton

His uncategorizable playing style meshed
country, rockabilly, and jazz. Dubbed "The
Humbler," he honed his chops in clubs in his
hometown of Washington, D.C. (including
in his own Redneck Jazz Explosion band,
where he traded licks with steel-guitar legend Buddy Emmons) before being noticed
by bigger names in the business including

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Les Paul and Eric Clapton. In 1990, he was
nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock
Instrumental Performance for the song
"Elmira Street Boogie."

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