Jason Shadrick lists seven overlooked jazz guitar albums. I don’t think Jimmy Raney’s “Live in Tokyo” is exactly overlooked among jazz guitar afficionados, and I am too much of a traditionalist/reactionary to be familiar with the other ones he lists, so let me instead add my own take on a few (at least somewhat) overlooked jazz guitar albums:
George Benson: Giblet Gravy. Benson was arguably the greatest straight-ahead jazz guitarist of the late 1960s/early 1970s. This album features Benson in full flight in front of a big band with pop melodies of the day, and with a quartet (featuring Herbie Hancock). The album is worth buying for the quartet’s version of “Billie’s Bounce” alone.
Elec Bacsik: The Electric Guitar of the Eclectic Elec Bacsik (reissued in 2002 by Gitanes Jazz Production but now out of production). A tour de force. ‘nough said.
George Barnes: Don’t Get Around Much Anymore. This is the quartet with Duncan James on rhythm. Recorded live in 1974. Funny, lively, hardswinging, and complete with George’s silly jokes. His version of “When Sunny gets Blue” should be sufficient to dispel talk of Barnes as a “Dixieland guitarist” (with the implied put-down) (transcription here).
Tal Farlow: Cookin’ on All Burners. OK — admittedly this is not exactly an unknown album (there is a even a wiki on it). But I maintain that given how fabulously good it is, it is underrated. One of the top 10 albums, ever!
Billy Bauer: Plectrist. Bauer’s only recording as a leader. Perfection!
And your candidates for overlooked albums??