Guitar virtuoso Earl Klugh performs as professional musician since more than four decades. Starting as a 17 years old guitarist on George Benson's album  White Rabbit he wrote music history with numerous contributions.

His newest album HandPicked was released July 30, 2013 on the Heads Up label and already hits at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album chart. HandPicked is a solo guitar album with no additional instruments. The more amazed the enormous economic success of the album. This is due to Klugh's outstanding expressiveness on acoustic guitar.

Klugh has made himself a personal birthday present with 12 covers of popular pieces and four originals. The album starts with Alfie written by Burt Bacharach in 1966. Burt wrote the song for the movie after he had seen some of the scenes. The melody is appealing and found Klugh's interest and wish to include the song in premier place.  

The more known Lullaby Of Birdland was often played by Klugh, when he toured with British-born pianist George Shearing. Therefore, he has adapted George's  faster pace in comparison to the original. Blue Moon is a duet, Klugh performs with Bill Frisell. Bill plays the electric guitar. The eclectic guitar player Frisell was Klugh's first choice.

The first own creation is In Six. The title is explained by the time signature 6/8, which give the song a swinging character. Compare Cast Your Fate To The Wind with Vince Guaraldi's original and you will notice Klugh's supreme guitar mastery. Every note and its placement is art and together a treat.

Hotel California features Jake Shimabukuro, the grandmaster of the Ukulele. Since a jazz cruise in 2008 both are good friends. Now they spread magic on the old Eagles hit. More And More Amor became popular on Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass' Going Places. Now the tune gets a new face. Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk and Cootie Williams is a jazz standard, which attracted Klugh to a personal interpretation.

Jimmy Van Heusen’s standard from 1947, But Beautiful has the same charisma. Country music star Vince Gill joins Klugh on All I Have To Do Is Dream leaving a personal note with the vocal part.  Klugh comments:  “It was an honor to have Vince perform this duet with me. When he added his vocals on the bridge, it was a great surprise and a perfect compliment to the recording!”

Little Anthony and the Imperials’ 1964 hit Goin’ Out of My Head has the same hooking power and requires his performing. The next take If I Fell is a ballad by the Beatles from their album A Hard Day's Night. With Where The Wind Takes Me and Morning Rain Klugh continues to show his own compositional talent.

Love Is A Many Splendored Thing by Sammy Fain is just a short episode before Klugh finishes the album with This Time, a remake of the original version from the album Finger Paintings. Al Jarreau propelled the song to exceedingly great awareness through his album This Time.

Earl Klugh's HandPicked is a curated collection of guitar gems, a delight for every guitar enthusiast.






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Album Information

Title: HandPicked
Artist: Earl Klugh
Year: 2013
Length: 0:55:45
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Heads Up


01 Alfie [2:34]
02 Lullaby Of Birdland [2:29]
03 Blue Moon / Earl Klugh Feat. Bill Frisell [6:12]
04 In Six [4:08]
05 Cast Your Fate To The Wind [3:15]
06 Hotel California / Earl Klugh Feat. Jake Shimabukuro [8:06]
07 More And More Amor [3:39]
08 'Round Midnight [2:31]
09 But Beautiful [1:49]
10 All I Have To Do Is Dream / Earl Klugh Feat. Vince Gill [3:46]
11 Going Out Of My Head [3:39]
12 If I Fell [1:59]
13 Where The Wind Takes Me [2:03]
14 Morning Rain [3:16]
15 Love Is A Many Splendored Thing [2:21]
16 This Time (Solo) [3:58]