Earl Klugh, guitar
Other musicians, TBA
For over three decades and to this very day, the name Earl Klugh is synonymous with “Guitar Legend.” He has been lauded first as a prodigy and groundbreaker, then a defining figure, and ultimately, as one of the true statesman of contemporary jazz. He maintains a loyal and devoted fan base, touring all over the US and the world playing music that is beautiful, lyrical, elegant, and eternally cool and classy.
With 2008's The Spice Of Life, Klugh earns his 12th career Grammy nomination and follows his 2005 Grammy-nominated solo classic Naked Guitar with his first full-ensemble album in more than eight years. Aided by silky-smooth arrangements courtesy of Eddie Horst and three-time Grammy winner Don Sebesky, Klugh sails through a collection of originals and standards. The sound is absolutely true to the Earl Klugh style: timeless, positive, and still fresh, with pristine studio sound. The inspiration for the album's content came from a variety of sources in Klugh's life. In particular, musical and personal reflections of his boyhood and adolescence underlie the album's new songs and lovingly-chosen standards. "One of the solo pieces I wrote is directly in the style of Antonio Lauro, a classical guitarist and composer from Venezuela.
Klugh continues to be one of the most in-demand live artists globally. In 2007, he introduced his concert series, Night of Guitars, featuring fellow guitar legends Bill Frisell, Russell Malone, Ray Parker Jr., and Peter White. He has toured India twice with the sponsorship of the U.S. State Department and The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. In early April 2008, he presented his 5th Annual Weekend of Jazz at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, CO, joining world-renowned peers Ramsey Lewis, Boney James, Mindi Abair, and fellow Koch labelmate Sophie Milman.
Klugh won the 1980 Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the million-selling album One on One with Bob James. Collaboration, his 1987 album with George Benson, was certified Gold by the RIAA. He has recorded over 30 albums in his multi-million-selling career, including four No. 1 albums on Billboard's Jazz Album chart, and he has worked with such world-renowned artists as George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Al Jarreau, Patti Austin, and Ravi Coltrane.
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