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Melvin Sparks

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: March 22, 1946    

Melvin Sparks

Melvin Sparks is the Essential Guitar Player! He’s The Master Of The Groove! The Acid-Jazz Pioneer! The Originator of Soul Jazz, Old School Acid Jazz & BarbecueFunk(FUNKJAZZ)

Over the last thirty years he has played with some of Jazz’s greatest musicians: David “Fathead” Newman, Lou Donaldson, Hank Crawford, Reuben Wilson and John Patton (are amongst the many). During the 1970s, Sparks backed up Lou Donaldson on the Funk-Jazz classics “Everything I Play Is Funky” and “Hot Dog”.

Sparks recorded seven albums of his own and played on over 100 other albums. As a session man for Blue Note and Prestige Records, Sparks laid his signature guitar work on many other musician’s albums without ever being in spotlight. It was during this time that Melvin defined the jazz-guitar sound of a generation....
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  • Groove On Up

    Savant
    2006
  • This Is It!

    Savant
    2005
  • I'm A `Gittar´Player

    Savant
    1997
  • Texas Twister / '75

    Savant
    1995
  • Sparks! / Akilah

    Savant
    1993
  • Sparkling

    Savant
    1982
  • Melvin Sparks '75

    Savant
    1975
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Groove On Up
Savant Records (2006)

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