Born: September 16, 1953 Primary Instrument: Guitar, acoustic
In a recording career of over three decades, master guitarist EARL KLUGH has been lauded first as a prodigy and groundbreaker, then a defining figure, and ultimately, as one of the true statesmen of contemporary jazz. With 2008’s THE SPICE OF LIFE, Klugh earns his 12th career Grammy® Nomination - his second nomination and release on the independent Koch label. As follow up to his 2005 masterpiece, Naked Guitar, Klugh succeeds in creating a statement every bit as compelling.
After breaking a six-year recording hiatus with the universally-hailed solo album of 2005, Klugh steps back from Naked Guitar’s intimate focus on the unaccompanied guitar to capture the biggest picture possible, and an equally personal one: THE SPICE OF LIFE is a far-reaching account of all his music, marking Klugh’s return to full-scale album production after a nine-year break, with a special guest appearance by flautist Hubert Laws, and with the arrangements of two legendary orchestrators, Don Sebesky and Eddie Horst. It effortlessly segues from jazz to Latin to pop modes through a compositional approach that recalls his Grammy® Award- winning work with Bob James (One on One), spiced with all the lyric flourishes that established Klugh’s distinctive signature all those years ago....
Awards:Grammy Award Winner for Best Pop Instrumental Performance | 'One On One' With Bob James (1980) 12 Career Grammy Nominations
“Klugh is a guitar wizard…” - Siddhartha Mitter, The Boston Globe
“...Klugh is a master of nylon acoustic guitar and fingerstyle technique.” - Downbeat
“The guitarist’s skills are virtuosic. ...His indelible ear for clearly executed melodies reveals a musician of exceptional caliber.” - Sam Prestianni, Jazziz
“Few players of his generation �� or any generation �� have built such universally successful careers. Perhaps only two come to mind �� Chet Atkins and George Benson, both of whom Klugh befriended and recorded and performed with.” �� Adam Levy, Acoustic Guitar
“Earl Klugh, one of the nation’s great jazz acoustic guitarists.” - Jerry Fink, The Las Vegas Sun
“Klugh…is a leading knight of the acoustic guitar and has put together a familiar sound that is soft, but never lapses into the dreaded land of the smooth.” - Bob Karlovits, The Pittsburgh Tribune Review
“…jazzman Earl Klugh played the national anthem for us on acoustic guitar - Sublime…” - Roger Friedman, FOX News Correspondent, on Earl’s performance at the 2nd annual Recording Arts Day on Capitol Hill
“Earl [Klugh] stands shoulder to shoulder with the legends of solo guitar...While most know the Grammy winning artist from his highly successful smooth jazz recordings, he is also one of the greatest solo players to have ever picked up the instrument.” - Bill Piburn, fingerstylereview.com and Fingerstyle Guitar
“One of the most highly esteemed jazz guitarists in the world.” - Brad Hundt, The Washington Observer Reporter
“I first heard Earl Klugh play as a teenager. I instantly knew he was a very special musician. From his technical prowess to his harmonic conception, I knew he had it!” - George Benson, on Earl’s lifetime achievement award
”one of my favorite friends. And what a player!” - Chet Atkins, in a 2001 Vintage Guitar interview