Friday, September 24, 2010

Linc Chamberland and David Friesen: Yet to Come, 1981

Linc Chamberland is an incredible guitarist. I once heard a story that he turned down an opportunity to place in Miles Davis's quintet because he could make more money giving private lessons. Although this album is not as popular as the earlier A Place Within, which you can find here:, this album is definitely also essential. I've never really heard anyone play like Chamberland, but the other musicians on this album (David Friesen on bass, Gary Hobbs on drums) do a fine job keeping up and contribute well with their own playing. As far as I know, Yet to Come and A Place Within are Chamberland's only two commercially available recordings. Chamberland would die 6 years after recording this album, but his legacy as a musician is sure to live on through his recordings and his many students.

I Hear a Rhapsody by Easyjams



  2. Thank you for this share..I am really eager to discover this guitarist.

  3. Thanks very much. Linc reminds me a bit of a guitarist I know called Phil Gibbs. I sent him a copy of A Place Within and sure enough he said if he was going to play standards it would be something like this. So I'm going to sent him this one too. :)

  4. I just heard of this little-known guitarist and was looking for a listen. Many thanks. This blog will keep his memory alive.

  5. Mind blowing guitarist. Why he isn't celebrate as one of the greatest on the instrument is beyond me. Had he played with Miles (and he would have been perfect playing with the second quintet, considering his great renditions of the pieces written by Shorter as Majong, Footprints and Virgo) he would be probably as famous as John McLaughlin, but as great as McLaughlin is, I think that Chamberland is even better (like personally I like him more than most of the most celebrated jazz guitarists): superficially there's that incredible speed and those Coltrane's sheets of sound, but more than that, he had a great harmonic knowledge and a original phrasing.
    And while on his two jazz albums he was playing another instrument, it seems that the great Ted Greene decided to use a telecaster because he was shocked by Chamberland.