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Take Five With Chris Bell

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Meet Chris Bell:

Guitarist, performer, educator, based in Austin, Texas.

Instrument(s):

Guitar.

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.

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