Personnel: Eddie Lang (guitar); Eddie Lang; Justin Ring (chimes); Lonnie Johnson, Carl Kress (guitar); Frank Signorelli, Rube Bloom, Arthur Schutt (piano).
Liner Note Authors: Steve Calt; Stephen Calt.
Recording information: 04/01/1927-01/15/1932.
Active throughout the 1920s and '30s until his tragic death following a botched tonsillectomy, Eddie Lang, the first bona fide jazz guitar virtuoso, had a background in a wide range of musical genres, as this brief best-of attests. Beginning with a fragment of a Bach prelude, he breezes through the hot jazz of "Pickin' My Way," the sentimental "April Kisses," the bluesy "Eddie's Twister," and the delicately romantic "A Little Love, a Little Kiss," both solo and accompanied by his fellow guitarist, the equally talented and legendary Lonnie Johnson.