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Ben Monder on Jazz Guitar Essentials

Artist's Choice playlist by the innovative guitarist

Ben Monder (photo by John Rogers)
Ben Monder (photo by John Rogers)

These were the most meaningful and significant jazz-guitar tracks for me growing up. I made some discoveries at the public library, where you could take out 10 LPs at a time; others through my early guitar teachers; and still more just from word of mouth and friends who played. It was fun to revisit some stuff that I haven’t listened to in decades. Every track holds up. I thought I might shrug at some of them and say, “Well, I outgrew that,” but it was all still fresh, and in some cases my appreciation even deepened. – BEN MONDER

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