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Melvin Sparks

Born: March 22, 1946    Primary Instrument: Guitar

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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1970  Sparks (Prestige)
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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Groove On Up
Savant Records (2006)

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