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Peter Lang is a Brilliant Guitar Player

This is how good Peter Lang is: 1. He recorded for Tacoma Records and 2. One of the projects he was involved in there was a record with two other guitarists: Leo Kottke and John Fahey.

In some cases, folks on YouTube take a full length concert and post each song individually. This happened to a 2007 Lang concert. All the tracks I listened to are great. He is a very likable and chatty guy, to boot. It’s a bit frustrating: I found myself just wanting him to play.

Above is “Guitar Rag” and below is “Quetico Reel” and “Poor Howard.” Below is “Steel Guitar Rag.” He doesn’t do too much talking in these two clips. He’s simply a superb guitarist. Many folks can speak better to his technical skills, which I am sure are prodigious. Anyone with ears can hear his feel and sensitivity. Here is more.

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Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.


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David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.

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