Take Five With Chris Bell
Meet Chris Bell:
Guitarist, performer, educator, based in Austin, Texas.
Teachers and/or influences? Richie Hart, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, B.B. King.
Your sound and approach to music: I'm far more interested in playing jazz on the guitar than I am in playing jazz guitar.
Your teaching approach: I'm really trying to help my students hear what they play. To my ears, there are just too many players out there playing finger music.
Your dream band:
Wow.. that's a tough one. Let's see... how about Idris Muhammad on drums and Dr. Lonnie Smith on B3. That would be a pretty steady rhythm section.
The first Jazz album I bought was: Miles Davis, Kind of Blue.
CDs you are listening to now:
Allen Toussaint, The Bright Mississippi;
Horace Parlan, Up and Down;
Group 15, Plays Monk;
Don Wilkerson, The Complete Blue Note Sessions;
Doctor John, Afterglow
Desert Island picks:
Oscar Peterson, We Get Requests;
Hank Mobley, Soul Station;
Herbie Hancock, Takin' Off;
Grant Green, The Complete Quartets with Sonny Clark;
Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto, Getz-Gilberto.