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Update George Van Eps

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: August 7, 1913 | Died: November 29, 1998    


George Van Eps was a quiet legend among jazz guitarists, one who as far back as the 1930s pioneered a harmonically sophisticated chordal/lead style that was eclipsed in influence by the single-string idioms of Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt. Yet Van Eps, like his brassy colleague Les Paul, also stood apart from them as an iconoclastic inventor, designing a seven-string guitar in the late 1930s that adds an extra bass string. Thus, Van Eps was able to play bass lines simultaneously with chords and lead solos, a jazz equivalent of fingerpicking country guitarists like Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. Van Eps puckishly referred to his style of playing as “lap piano,” and his seven-string guitar has been adopted by a select few figures like Howard Alden and Bucky and John Pizzarelli....
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    Hand-Crafted Swing

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    1992
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    Soliloquy

    JJ-Tracks
    1968
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    My Guitar

    JJ-Tracks
    1966
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