Masterful Jazz Guitar
Since Klugh released his inaugural album in 1976, the Detroit-born master of the acoustic-classical guitar has become one of the most imitated icons of the instrument, issued dozens of discs, 24 of which have been on Billboard’s top-10 list of jazz albums and 6 that made it to the No. 1 slot. During that time, Klugh’s recordings also received 13 Grammy nominations.
During the more than three-and-a-half decades since his debut, the guitarist’s magic on stage continues to delight audiences across the globe. Whether he is performing in a solo context, with his quartet, with his electric band, with his ‘Little Big Band” or with renowned symphony orchestras, Klugh is a master alchemist, turning nylon strings into pure musical gold.
Raised in the exciting cauldron of Motor City music, Klugh absorbed a wide spectrum of influences from Atkins and Wes Montgomery to Sergio Mendes, Laurindo Almeida and guitar music from Brazil, Argentina and Spain. The pop tunes of Burt Bacharach and the Beatles, as well as The Funk Brothers, Motown’s legendary studio-session band, were also part of the mix, along with the lyrical jazz piano of Bill Evans.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“ … nonpareil instrumental skills combine with a solid blues feeling and an unquestioned ability to swing.” — Washington Post
“ … one of the finest acoustic guitar players today. His playing is soothing and his tone is often downright pretty.” — Modern Guitar
“a guitarist with impeccable technique.” – New York Times