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For over three decades and to this very day, the name Earl Klugh is synonymous with "Guitar Legend." He maintains a loyal and devoted fan base, touring all over the US and the world, playing music that is beautiful, lyrical, elegant and eternally cool and classy.
With "The Spice Of Life," Earl follows his 2005 Grammy-nominated solo classic "Naked Guitar" with his first full-ensemble album in more than eight years! Aided by silk-smooth arrangements, courtesy of three-time Grammy winner Don Sebesky, Earl sails through a collection of originals, standards ("C'est Si Bon," "My Foolish Heart"), and even a Thelonious Monk tune ("Bye Ya.") The sound is absolutely true to the Earl Klugh style: timeless, positive, and still fresh, with pristine studio sound.
"One of the solo pieces I wrote is directly in the style of Antonio Lauro, a classical guitarist and composer from Venezuela," Klugh notes. "When I was young, there wasn't a lot of sheet music for classical guitar. Antonio's waltzes were some of the first transcriptions I ever had, and they are beautiful. I wrote and named the piece 'Venezuelan Nights' in honor of Antonio."
Klugh continues to be one of the most in-demand live artists globally. In 2007, Klugh introduced his concert series, Night of Guitars, featuring fellow guitar legends Bill Frisell, Russell Malone, Ray Parker Jr. and Peter White. He has toured India twice with the sponsorship of the U.S. State Department and The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. In early April 2008, Klugh presented his 5th Annual Weekend of Jazz at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, CO, joining world-renowned peers Ramsey Lewis, Boney James, Mindi Abair and fellow KOCH labelmate Sophie Milman.
Earl Klugh won the 1980 Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the million-selling album One on One with Bob James. Klugh's first KOCH album, "Naked Guitar," was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album. "Collaboration," his 1987 album with George Benson, was certified Gold by the RIAA. He has recorded over 30 albums in his multi-million-selling career, including four No. 1 albums on Billboard's Jazz Album chart.