Born: March 22, 1946 Primary Instrument: Guitar
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....
1971 Spark Plug (Prestige)
1973 Akilah (Prestige)
1974 Texas Twister (Eastbound)
1975 Melvin Sparks '75 (Westbound)
1981 Sparkling (Muse)
1983 Got The Blues (Nectar)
1997 I'm a Gittar Player (Cannonball)
2002/03 What You Hear Is What You Get (Nectar - Savant)
2004 It Is What It Is(Savant)
2005 This Is It(Savantl)
2006 Groove On Up(Savant)
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