Ximo Tebar plays a mean guitar
By Gary Zellerbach on Oct 03, 2005
My favorite music is jazz, and especially jazz guitar. Thanks to the wonders of the 'net, I have discovered many great jazz guitarists I'd never heard of before. This is a mixed blessing -- it really is exciting to make discoveries and learn about new players. At the same time, it can be overwhelming (typical Internet information overload) as well as humbling to realize how many great musicians are out there! I'm happy to take the opportunity here to share some of my "discoveries" as I happen upon them.
I heard just a snippet of a guitar solo on the radio somewhere recently and managed to catch the name "Ximo". It was enough to get my attention, so I tracked him down and bought an album by guitarist Ximo Tebar. Ximo is from Spain, in his early 40's, and plays a mean guitar!!
I had to take a long drive over the weekend so popped in his CD and got to really listen closely to the album, Goes Blue, an organ trio recording in the classic tradition of Jimmy Smith/Wes Montgomery and many others. (I do some of my best listening in the car -- I'm fortunate to have a good sound system and there're no distractions like I find around the house.)
I was really impressed. You can hear the obvious influences of the "big three" modern jazz guitarists (in my opinion, of course) -- Wes Montgomery, George Benson, and Pat Martino -- intermixed with some really nice creative original touches as well as subtle influences from his European and Spanish heritage. So if you like great jazz guitar, check out Ximo!