Automatic choices in a list of the best jazz guitar albums ever recorded include classic recordings such as Jim Hall’s Concierto; Joe Pass’ Virtuoso; Wes Montgomery’s The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery; and Django Reinhardt’s Djangology.
The list below contains the aforementioned recordings, plus great jazz guitar albums by Metheny, Benson, Di Meola, and other jazz guitar luminaries. We couldn’t quite keep it to a top ten (and could quite easily have added more). The fifteen albums listed below represent (for us) the pinnacle of jazz guitar recordings.
We’ve included albums in a wide range of jazz guitar styles, ranging from laid-back jazz-funk to uplifting gypsy jazz. All are timeless recordings that sound as fresh and inventive now as they did the day they were made.