Roger Atkinson on John Elliott
This is from the Editor's Corner of the April/May issue of JAM. Roger Atkinson puts it well:
...the theme of John Elliott's influence on a generation of Kansas City musicians is not a new one, but his name kept coming up as we prepared for this issue, as his former students Danny Embrey, Rod Fleeman, and Larry Williams quickly get to John as being a giant influence...
As you read this interview and CD reviews of the new Pat Metheny release and Ben Allison's Man Size Safe with Steve Cardenas, you might begin to wonder about what was in the water in Kansas City that resulted in so many world-class guitarists in a relatively short period. A piece of the puzzle just might be - you guessed it - John Elliott.