The boundary between progressive rock and jazz is a fluid one--indeed, it's increasingly unrecognizable, as some of the finest musicians around move effortlessly between and within the genres. Thus Robert Fripp, one of prog's most influential players, can be found in the company of jazz musician Theo Travis, who is himself a member of Soft Machine Legacy and Gong. Steve Howe, another prog rock guitar great, is equally adept at moving across the genres. But while Fripp and Travis inhabit the improvisational, soundscape end of the spectrum, Howe has chosen to work within a style of jazz that would be ...read more
Steve Howe has been a major figure in contemporary music for over 40 years. He first came to international prominence with Yes; he's a key figure in rock supergroup Asia; and his distinctive guitar style makes him one of the most recognizable players on the scene. His love of jazz is less well-known but it has been a crucial part of his life since he was a teenager. His work with the Steve Howe Trio now gives him a chance to interpret some of his favorite jazz compositions. Jazz musicians, composers and guitars have inspired much of his work, and ...read more
Steve Howe Trio Norwich Arts Centre Norwich, UK March 15, 2010. In the world of rock and progressive music--where technology is too often used just because it's there,and where stadium tours offer the only opportunities to hear the genre's giants--a chance to listen to a genuinely influential guitarist in an intimate trio session is a rare event. So when rock guitar great Steve Howe came to Norwich with his trio, a packed Arts Centre crowd had high expectations--and they were not disappointed. The band played two ...read more
The so-called Great Guitars was a touring trio of jazz masters: Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, and Barney Kessel. Ellis jokingly called their title modest," but it was accurate, and it remained so when Martin Taylor, a naturalised Scotsman a generation younger, filled in after Kessel was incapacitated.
Taylor's here, but the title's especially precise because it refers to the instruments that he and Steve Howe play. Howe's background might be partly in rock, but it's wholly in an obsession with the guitar which few non-players can share. The late Scott Chinery's obsession was exercised in assembling the mind-boggling collection of ...read more
Truly a guitarist's guitar recording, Masterpiece Guitars is a showcase for the vintage guitar collection of curator and collector Scott Chinery, brought to life by the duo of formidable British acoustic guitarist Martin Taylor and Yes lead guitarist Steve Howe.
While you might be expecting to hear an acoustic version of Roundabout" or Starship Trooper" more than any jazz songs, Masterpiece Guitars offers just shades of the former and quite a few of the latter. Throughout an eclectic program, a wide variety of textures and tones are heard from such desirable instruments as an original Orville Gibson archtop and a ...read more
The story of Masterpiece Guitars is nearly as interesting as the music itself. Scott Chinery is a guitar collector--someone who just loves the look, the feel, the sound, everything about the instrument--in particular the acoustic or, at worst, hollow body electric variety. There's nary a Telecaster or Les Paul to be found in his collection, but you will find an incredible collection of D'Angelicos, Strombergs, Gibsons, Martins and more. Chinery asked Steve Howe, best known as the guitarist for the British progressive rock group Yes but a player who has shown an ability to play everything from ragtime to flamenco ...read more