We recently asked some of the best-known players in the guitar world to name their favorite lesser-known solos. In other words: no Hendrix, Clapton, Gilmour, Page et cetera. It can be fascinating to learn where artists find inspiration and sometimes it comes from the most unlikely of places.
Here, Stone Temple Pilots’ Dean DeLeo gives us his top five…
1) Trip the Witch | “Planet TD1” from ‘Trip the Witch (opens in new tab)’
GUITARIST: Tom Bukovac
“Any type of guitar or anything Tom Bukovac plays is so pure and tasteful, with incredible feel. Absolutely beautiful. Check out his solo on ‘Planet TD1’ and buckle up.”
2) Jimmy Bryant and Speedy West | “Bryant’s Bounce (opens in new tab)”
GUITARIST: Jimmy Bryant
“Jimmy Bryan surely knew his way around a guitar. He cut a lot of great stuff with the great Speedy West.”
3) Steely Dan | “Peg” from ‘Aja (opens in new tab)’
GUITARIST: Jay Graydon
“That is a fine solo. The orchestration, the choice of notes and the feel – really great.”
4) U.K. | “In the Dead of Night” from ‘U.K. (opens in new tab)’
GUITARIST: Allan Holdsworth
“Allan Holdsworth on ‘In the Dead of Night’ off the U.K. record with Wetton, Bruford and Jobson. Brilliant playing by all on this record. Mr. Holdsworth is exceptional… unearthly.”
5) Talking Heads | “The Great Curve” from ‘Remain in Light (opens in new tab)’
GUITARIST: Adrian Belew
“I love this solo, and I love how Adrian approached guitar in general, whether in Zappa, Bowie, King Crimson or his solo stuff. Always great to hear.”
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