Curated by: Matt Hill of The Floozies
4. Joe Pass - Virtuoso
This dude was unreal. Unaccompanied solo jazz guitar that never stops being interesting and enjoyable to listen to. Doing that for just one song is incredibly difficult, and Joe Pass did it for album after album. My favorite here is "Night and Day," a song which took me a month of listening to it over and over to learn it and be able to play through mistake free. When other guitar players were learning to walk Joe was flying around the sky above them, showering them with beautiful music.
3. Zapp and Roger - All the Greatest Hits
Roger Troutman is the holy grail of talk box. But I actually leaned on this album more for the rhythm guitar playing. Too many guys play big ass chords that don't sit in the mix right and take up too much space. This album is a shining example of how to do it right. Idk if you're supposed to have a greatest hits album in your Top 10, but this one just blew my mind when I first heard it so it's staying. Deal with it, America.
2. Lettuce - Live in Tokyo
When I first heard this it was exactly what I needed to hear at the time. Adam Deitch will tell you that "Rage is way better," but I'm not sure if I would be where I am musically if I hadn't heard this when I did. I learned literally every horn and guitar solo on here. The [Ryan] Zoidis solo on "Nyack" still blows my mind when I hear it. You can't go wrong with any Lettuce album, but this one seriously changed my musical life.
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