Magazine article Guitar Player

Remembering Howard

Magazine article Guitar Player

Remembering Howard

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As one who worked with Howard Roberts through the 70s and early '80s, I had great respect for him as an artist and great affection for him as a human being. I was deeply saddened by this news. He was an enormously influential figure, though not one to seek the limelight. The younger generation might not know that G.I.T. sprang out of Howard's roving "guitar seminars." They might know him primarily as a bebop player and not as an experimentalist and innovator. They might not know the debt that such players as Larry Carlton and Pat Metheny owe to H.R. Howard was so excessively good-humored and modest that you might not sense his depth as a musician. But he was without a doubt one of the best. The soul, the chops, the musicianship developed through years in the studio--he had it all. He could be completely awesome when soloing, and let's not forget that Howard freely shared it all. He loved to teach and was not jealous of his position, and I never heard him say an unkind word about another musician. …

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