Robert Conti’s performance at last years Jacksonville Jazz Festival was one of the high points of the event. Indeed, Conti is a jazz guitar master, and along with contemporaries like Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell, he has maintained a high level of artistry over the years. . .
If he was a typist, he’d be reaching the 250-300 words a minute mark. If he could move knitting needles that fast, he’d be able to make a giraffe a turtle neck sweater in less than a couple of hours. If he were to play any faster, they’d have to invent a new musical notation to describe the sound. The fluidity of his technique is what is so amazing. Just as you think he couldn’t possibly make a more intricate run, his left hand dazzles the strings and caresses the ear.
By Dan MacDonald
Superman may be faster than jazz guitarist Robert Conti, but he sure doesn’t sound as good.
Conti and his band entertained a gathering of less than 100 people Friday evening at All That Jazz. The Ponte Vedra guitarist chose the local night spot to debut his new band of young men, all in their late 20s, before taking them on tour this fall.
Conti’s guitar technique is something that has to be heard. To describe it would leave people thinking, “No one is that good.”
A belated but very sincere thanks for your absolutely smashing appearance at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. You don’t need me to tell you that you guys blew the place away! It was a terrific set and the jazz audience in this town
By PETE WELDING In the forties it was Charlie Christian; in the fifties Tal Farlow, Jimmy Raney, Johnny Smith and Barney Kessell ; the sixties were the time for Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green and Jim Hall; the seventies John Mclaughlin, Larry Coryell and George Benson; most recently AI DiMeola, Earl Klugh and Pat Metheny have flashed into prominence. Every age, it seems, has its jazz guitar heroes-players who have showed us new ways, and occasionally some older ones as well, of using the instrument with exciting, imaginative, resourceful creativity, in turn influencing those who have followed and in …