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The Miles Davis standard “So What” has been a modal jazz touchstone for 55 years, providing the harmonic canvas for myriad improvisations and reinterpretations.

Album: Jeff Beck, Emotion & Commotion (Atco)

Jeff Beck has to be the most eclectic of the great guitar heroes, rarely restricting himself to a single mode across an entire album, yet without once abandoning the signature touches that enable one to recognise his hand the moment it strays across the strings.

Micky Jones: Lead guitarist and mainstay of the Welsh band Man

The Welsh band Man are the closest Britain has come to the free-wheeling spirit of the psychedelic groups that came out of San Francisco in the mid-1960s, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Formed in Swansea in 1968, Man have gone through a multitude of line-ups, with Micky Jones, guitarist and founder member, the only constant.

Album: Ellie Goulding, Lights (Polydor)

If Goulding looked a little awkward as she stepped up to receive the Critics' Choice award at The Brits, it's perhaps because the Herefordshire lass knew that she wasn't ready for it.

Pat Metheny, Barbican Hall, London

Time to pull the plug on this tousle-haired mechanic

Album: Erland and the Carnival, EATC, (Full Time Hobby)

There are those artists who hate it when reviewers do that Beatles meets ELO thing.

My Fantasy Band: Example

Vocals and guitar - Jack White
He's one of my favourite artists of the last 10 years. I loved Horehound last year. He's got a really interesting voice and mind boggling lyrics.

It Might Get Loud (PG)

Plectrums at the ready: this hagiography of three guitar heroes will have axe-aficionados everywhere striking a pose in the name of amplified rock.

Yvonne King Burch

Yvonne King Burch, who died in Santa Barbara, California after a fall on 20 December aged 89, gained early fame as one of the singing King Sisters in the big-band era and later brought her extended musical clan into show business as the King Family.

Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Dynamic duo win more hearts

Album: James Blood Ulmer, In and Out (In And Out Records)

Almost 30 years since his unlikely post-punk semi-hit Are You Glad to Be in America?, guitarist/ vocalist Ulmer sounds like an even bluesier version of his former self, oddly accented rhythmic flurries poised somewhere between Ornette Coleman and Jimi Hendrix.

Album: Rodrigo y Gabriela, 11:11, (Rubyworks)

Those of us who witnessed the emergence of this Mexican guitar duo 10 years ago knew instantly they would hit the heights.

Police called to Rolling Stones' guitarist Ronnie Wood's house

Police were called to reports of a bust-up at Rolling Stones' guitarist Ronnie Wood's house, Scotland Yard said today.

Album: The Cribs, Ignore the Ignorant (Wichita)

Last heard wielding guitar for American alt.rockers Modest Mouse a year or two ago, Johnny Marr continues his outreach programme dedicated to bringing a touch of intrigue and style to otherwise unremarkable indie rockers by now turning up as the second guitarist in The Cribs.

Album: Robben Ford, Soul on Ten (Concord)

Can the blues changeand still be the blues?Guitarist's guitaristRobben Ford ratherhedges his bets on thismainly live set, offeringcontemporary songs thatextend familiar conventions,as in the rockingwah-wah funk of theopener "Super-natural",and a rather by-roterespect for the tradition,evident in a merelygeneric version of"Spoonful" and some lessthan inspired boogie.Watching the sweat rolldown the walls in a club,this would be serviceable.At home, the 10 tracksdrag.

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