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George Van Eps

A quiet legend, jazz guitarist George Van Eps combined the clean precision of a classical musician with improvisational skills second to none. Whether accompanied by a hip string section, or a simple combination of vibes, bass and drums, Van Eps' unquenchable fire always burns an elegant, uptown, icy blue. Like his contemporary, Les Paul, Van Eps is as well-known today for his pioneering guitar innovations as he is for his music. By creating a seventh string for his instrument, to extend the range of the music's bottom end, Van Eps all but made the bass irrelevant in his performances and recordings. Rather than play single-note arpeggios, like Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian, Van Eps relied, instead, on an understatedly lush, ultra-sophisticated chordal lead guitar style.