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Earl Klugh

An acoustic guitarist with a very pretty tone, Earl Klugh does not consider himself a jazz player and thinks of Chet Atkins as being his most important influence. Klugh played on a Yusef Lateef album when he was 15 and gained recognition in 1971 for his contributions to George Benson's White Rabbit record. He played regularly with Benson in 1973, was briefly a member of Return to Forever in 1974, and then in the mid-'70s began recording as a leader. After a couple well-received solo albums on different Capitol imprints including Blue Note, Klugh hit pay dirt with 1979's One on One, a Grammy-winning collaboration with pianist Bob James. More solo albums followed before the sequel to One on One, Two of a Kind, appeared in 1982. In 1984 he changed labels and released one of his most popular albums, Soda Fountain Shuffle, on Warner Bros. Klugh made his biggest artistic impression yet in 1989 with the self-explanatory Solo Guitar. Two years later he would return to the "serious jazz" repertoire of Solo Guitar, but this time with bassist Ralphe Armstrong and drummer Gene Dunlap on the acoustic bebop outing The Earl Klugh Trio, Vol. 1. Cool from 1992 found him working with Bob James again and was followed by three more smooth releases for the Warner Bros family before the jump was made to Windham Hill with 1999's Peculiar Situation. Compilations, live albums, appearances with others, and reissues filled the years leading up to 2005's Naked Guitar, a stripped-down, standards-heavy album for the Koch label. The Spice of Life followed in 2008. For the next four years, Klugh focused on touring and booking his Weekend of Jazz concerts at both the Broadmoor Hotel & Resort in Colorado Springs and the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina. In 2013, he returned to recording. The album Hand Picked was released by Heads Up in the summer of 2013, and featured guest spots by Bill Frisell, Vince Gill, and Jake Shimabukuro. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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christalrob
Crazy for You project is BOMB! Been a fan since the 80's in Balto MD
reyn9655
A really talented Guitarist. We enjoy him on our back patio all summer long and being I live in FL, that is a loooooong summer! ;>)
Will never forget college days at University of Lagos Nigeria. Got my 1st EK music on vinyl.It was titled Low Ride. Rushed back and picked up everything EK on the rack from Heartstrings to Soda Fountain Shuffle to Kari on One on One with BJ;2 of a kind cd and Cool.The list is endless..Tro p i c a l legs is one of his baddest compositions . L i s t e n to I will never see you smile again from one on one project with Bob James
This is the most prolific guitarist in the history of contemporary jazz,I can listen to him all day long,been a fan since the 70s
Sonny
first heard earl klugh when he played with the Brookside Band in Detroit. Wow. Fell in love him then
1sweetgirl
gcabella
smoooth, very smooth.
....Earl has his ownstyle.... b e e n listenin' to him since the early 80's....
I have not heard of such a guitar player as Earl he really something.bg r e g o r y 2 5 2
Was introduced to Earl Klugh's music at Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit in the mid 70's. I nursed 2 beers for 3 hours just listening to this fantastic musician. Very glad to still be listening to his melodies!
for me, I think he is one of the greatest. From soda fountain sh.. to ............ . . . .
kingleo41
Heart strings and doc, were the songs that made Earl my favorite, i had been introduced to him in the 80's and he is still a strong favorite
What was the name of the piece that just finished playing? Approx. 1:24 PM.
jcichy1
Timeless.
He gives me my happy feeling
stevengalind o 6 1
one of the best smooth jazz musicians ever. late night guitar is my favorite
kat5436
heartstrings the best!
rfemia1
I've been listening since college "80's" to Earl Klugh. His music just flows so easy always puts me in a good mood.
Doc rocked my world and made my father fall in love with jazz
I could listen to his music all day!!! Lovely!
cbiitwo
No Thing against Bro. Ralphe Armstrong (Bass) (Dtown Rep) missing Reggie McBride on Bass, (only cause it's one of those things, you just can't (eat 1) hear once) Talent finds Talent
luval22
Heart string is one of the all time greats, along with Earl who is a very down to earth guy. I met him after a show a few years ago and he chuckled when I told him he was one of the best Jazz musicians ever.
Livin inside your love......I could listen all day, he's such an understated player that just floats around the room with you. Love Earl Klugh!
INFULANCED BY CHET ATKINS,KNOWN FOR MASTERSHIP OF THE:::TWELVE STRING.:::.
Earl klugh is one special artist,his playing is born in the stars.
stebo46
What change I had and ran to the record store! They only had the one store copy but agreed to sell it to me. I ran home praising God!
stebo46
I remember first hearing Earl around Thanksgiving in the late 70's early 80's on NY's WRVR radio station. It was an afternoon and I was sweeping the floor while my father R.I.P. sat looking out of the window. The song Magic In Your Eyes came on. I was mesmerized!! ! I clearly remembered praying and asking God to please let them announce who it was playing on that song! Well, I believe it was Pat Prescott who announced that it was Earl and the name of the song! I put down the broom, gathered up w
elcue
One of my earliest smooth jazz favorites many years ago, along with Bob James.
for some reason, haven't listened to him in quite a while; glad to get this little nudge from Pandora - I am back on board!
Klugh is a guitar master with incredible creativity in all of his songs!
Smk sum n listen
tburgess10
tburgess10 Back in the days a Bakers Keyboard lounge near U of D It's a while ago, he still is the best
Years ago I used to go to Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit and listen to Earl. I still love his music 40 + years later. It speaks to me!!!
lindsun
OMG! A fan of his for many years! But boo hoo...I missed seeing him 2x in my hometown after buying tickets...wa s sick the first time; FORGOT the date of the second!!!!! I was so bummed! Three times the charm??? Earl! come back! (Annapolis, MD)
Heart String was Earl Klugh's smoothest 8 track/album/ c a s s e t t / C D , but I love them all
Earl's best album is Midnight in San Juan.
genekoranten g
Jazz music is the language of real music lovers n Earl K is the giver
so sweet
Love this guy..
Earl is one of the best i've ever heard in person. I'm glad I had the chance to see him.
info65047
I am not only a fan of his music, I am also blessed to be a friend. He’s so gracious not only in his music but as a person! If you haven’t attended Earl’s Weekend of Jazz (www.earlklu g h . c o m ) it’s a great time to be had by all. Love ya brother Earl! Sheina
brittlinda48
Earl is a very talented artist. I have been listening to his music for about 27 years and it just gets better. He has so many wonderful albums. When I start listening to his music, I just go Oh my God. I love his music. It's soothing, relaxing. I love to listen to it before I fall asleep and when I travel, it puts me in a far away mood. I always have his cd's nearby. What else can I say except, the best of the best.
Mr. Klughs' mastery of the acoustic guitar with it's rich full body tones and its' ability to accompany its self is amazing to hear!
tricketson18
One of his best albums is called Low Ride and shows him standing with his guitar in front of a red Ferrari. It was released on Capitol Records in 1983 (CDP7 46007 2) It was co-produced by roland Wilson. It's not listed here nor can my local music store locate that it was even recorded. Thankfully, I have the album, cd, and cassette. buy it if you ever see it...You'll love it...Tom
Earl Klugh..what more can you say....his own music speaks for itself.
Y'all sound like some old heads, so am I been listening since the late 70's.
I 2nd Ken Barber!
Mr. Klugh is one of my favorites!
I first heard Heart String when I was in high school(my uncle had it on an 8-track tape) and I feel in love with this brother's music ever since. and that was 31 years ago. Earl was Lite Jazz before they started a genre called Lite Jazz.. He is The Man!
have loved his music since 1982
Followed him since Living inside your love back in 76... A consistent WOW. To my mind, one of the first in the genre of smooth jazz
brittlinda48
I love Earl, he's the very best of the best!!
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