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Shop Talk: Jimmy Bruno & Joe Beck

Jimmy Bruno and Joe Beck

On their Concord release Polarity, these master players have crafted a unique two-guitar recital that differs substantially from most genre recordings by virtue of how different they sound from each other, and the manner in which they stay out of each other’s way-melodically and harmonically.

JazzTimes: Jimmy, can you tell me what a jazz guitar sound is?

Bruno: I can tell you what it’s not. Not having a ping sound come off of the E string; and not having the bottom too bright or the bottom too dark. That’s the ideal thing. And what happens with a lot of amps, is if you take the mud out from the E and the A strings, then you have glass on the D and the G in the middle there. I like to be able to play a four-note chord and get a solid, percussive attack, hear the bass note and the rest of them all separately and not just come out with this murky sound.

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