We lost a giant of jazz guitar with the passing of Jimmy Wyble last Saturday. Jimmy was an important fixture on the global jazz scene from the late 40’s through the 60’s. Starting with his landmark work with Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys in the early 40’s he went on to do equally groundbreaking work with both the Benny Goodman sextet and the Red Norvo Trio in the 50’s. He went on to write what some consider his greatest work in the 70’s with a book of etudes that characterize his swinging, contrapuntal style. There are classical guitarists all around the world that include his works in their repertoire. After the recent passing of his wife a few years ago Jimmy began to play live for the first time in almost 20 years at the age of 85. Guitar aficionados who witnessed his playing firsthand were always left completely dumfounded. His mastery of counterpoint in an improvisatory context was unmatched on the instrument and always balanced with the most surprising yet beautiful musical choices.
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