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by Guitar Masters : Paul Santa Maria with Larry Coryell

The guitar as it was meant to be played: improvisational, eclectic, explorative, jazzy. Jazz legend Larry Coryell guests on 3 tracks; includes "Pascual Lives", covered by Coryell, Wayne Shorter, Buster Williams.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Johnny Speaks
Paul Santa Maria
1:15 $0.99
2. Attilio's Walk
Paul Santa Maria
2:37 $0.99
3. Asylum
Paul Santa Maria
1:49 $0.99
4. Otto's Link
Paul Santa Maria
2:43 $0.99
5. Brewings
Paul Santa Maria
1:44 $0.99
6. Espana
Paul Santa Maria
1:53 $0.99
7. Fast Girls
Paul Santa Maria
1:18 $0.99
8. Field Day
Paul Santa Maria
0:43 $0.99
9. Freeform Form
Paul Santa Maria
1:32 $0.99
10. Autumn Dance
Paul Santa Maria
2:14 $0.99
11. Inseparable (With Larry Coryell / Tracey Piergross)
Paul Santa Maria, Tracey Piergross and Larry Coryell
3:07 $0.99
12. Lament for a Haynes
Paul Santa Maria
1:38 $0.99
13. Liberation Day
Paul Santa Maria
2:20 $0.99
14. Monday Blues
Paul Santa Maria
2:18 $0.99
15. No Time
Paul Santa Maria
2:26 $0.99
16. No Nonsense
Paul Santa Maria
0:45 $0.99
17. Nonsensesnesnon
Paul Santa Maria
1:30 $0.99
18. Silliness
Paul Santa Maria
3:08 $0.99
19. Observations
Paul Santa Maria
2:18 $0.99
20. Old Lang's Sign
Paul Santa Maria
0:50 $0.99
21. Old Song
Paul Santa Maria
3:54 $0.99
22. Past Love
Paul Santa Maria
1:49 $0.99
23. Patience
Paul Santa Maria
2:33 $0.99
24. Perpetuation
Paul Santa Maria
2:07 $0.99
25. Poetry
Paul Santa Maria
2:32 $0.99
26. Spanish Holiday
Paul Santa Maria
1:46 $0.99
27. Two Lovers
Paul Santa Maria
1:43 $0.99
28. The Last Word
Paul Santa Maria
4:32 $0.99
29. Bianco's Blues (With Michael Bianco)
Paul Santa Maria abd Micheal Bianco
3:02 $0.99
30. Pascual Lives (with Larry Coryell)
Paul Santa Maria with Larry Coryell
9:10 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The Guitar Explained:
The Guitar Explained is my newest venture...a guitar-centric instruction manual that will be take even a raw beginner
and train you to become an excellent, theory-knowledgeable musician capable of deciphering the title of any chord whatsoever, of knowing the language of music and communicating with other musicians on paper or verbally. Having won four EMMY awards for PBS as well as having played/recorded and produced for legendary jazz-fusion guitarist and composer Larry Coryell and many others, you should be able to guess that I know what I am doing...and after many years and thousands of students, I know how to teach through a manual such as this. Loaded with new ideas, new theory, charts, graphs and original artwork by yours truly and at the price of a one-hour lesson, you can't afford NOT to try out either the book version (40 pages, 8.5 x 11" format, 100lb paper stock, saddle-stitched for long years of use) or the CD-ROM, which has the entire book in .pdf format (low-resolution printing only) with 26 original music tracks that entertain as well as illustrate how the theory was utilized.

Former Buffalo NY employee of Moog Music and assembler of
about 600 Minis, EMMY award winning composer, pretty good artist and pretty fair guitar slinger.

First, for my artwork:

Second: here's some stuff people say about me:

>"Many praises have gone to Eddie Kramer for recording Jimi (Hendrix) "back in the day". I'd like to shower similar kudos to (sic) Paul Santa Maria for his great ear for recording a guitar; he has a knack to make a guitar sound strong and fat. Paul turned out to be "my Eddie Kramer!"
- Larry Coryell, liner notes from "Voodoo Crossing" (2003)

>"You record a guitar as good as Rudy Van Gelder, fat, and he's the best there is at getting a good jazz sound"
- Larry Coryell, after listening to "Our Love Is Here To Stay"

>"There's notes on your guitar that aren't on mine."
-Billy Van Riper, guitarist (friend of Johnny Smith, and many more jazz stars.) (2004)

These are tunes I recorded (1985 - 2004) on my 1968 dual-pickup rare Gibson Johnny Smith. (It has the sweetest tone EVER and I bought it at age 19 for $400.00.) "Inseparable" is my ex singing (beautiful voice) her tune that I arranged and played 90% of. Coryell solos on left...check out the middle 12, which is me on 3 dub tracks of Johnny and my 1976 MusicMan Stingray bass.

NOTE: There 32 Tracks on this CD! Coryell is only on 3 of them, but "Solea" (the 3:32 intro to "Pascual Lives") was written for me so it's unavailable anywhere else in the world! No shyte. (Inspired by the "Pascual" main body and "inseparable" from it.)

Also, for all things Pauly-related including my art on, check out the links list at the bottom left of the page. (Scrrrrroooooooooollllll Down!) New links: Ch. 2 Miami, home of KidVision and the multi-Emmy award winning team that produces spots for Kids utilizing my original instrumental music for 14 years to date! That means I am a multiple Emmy winner as well, [tho' on TV, the spot or show gets the Emmy, so the team is the winner as opposed to Oscar or Grammy.] Who cares? I did it!!!

NOTE: In the excellent review given to me by Scot Andrews
(, he mentions that "the CD was mastered from old cassette tapes" and said that "the slight hiss did not detract from the overall sound..." I just want you to know that he reviewed a copy that was burned many moons ago (I swear to God I do not know to this day how he got it in the first place) and that I have completely digitally remastered ALL 32 songs from the source tapes.
(Besides, ANYONE knows tape sounds better for almost anything, especially jazz.)

Pauly (Musician, Artist, Tutor) Melbourne, FL.



to write a review

Scott Andrews

By Scott Andrews

Paul Santa Maria is a jazz guitarist, composer, and longtime bassist
and studio engineer for Larry
Coryell. In an ode to his 1961 Gibson Johnny Smith, Santa Maria plays
eleven tracks of
unaccompanied jazz guitar on his self-released 2002 CD Johnny Speaks.
The round tone of Santa Maria's vintage hollow-body guitar shimmers
through these eleven tracks.
The tunes are mostly short inventions and improvisations, running
between one and two minutes each.
Santa Maria makes full use of the unaccompanied format by slowing or
speeding up the tempo to
emphasize the emotional content of the music, as solo classical music
performers often do. Most of
the tracks include rhythm guitar chording, subtly mixed beneath the
melodies. The songs are mellow
in the tradition of hollow-body jazz guitar masters like Joe Pass or
Wes Montgomery, but Santa Maria's
compositions retain a unique flavor.
His playing is skillful and evocative, without ever being flashy or
tawdry, like so many current fusion
guitarists. The tone is simple and classic. Johnny Speaks was
recorded in November
1984 and
mastered to CD from analog cassette, according to the liner notes, but
the slight tape hiss never
detracts from the tonal range of Santa Maria's guitar.
Most of the tracks on Johnny Speaks are now available on Santa Maria's
32-track CD
Invention, including several new collaborations with Larry Coryell.
Fans of traditional jazz
guitar should definitely check out Paul Santa Maria.

Donald Munson

Paul Santa Maria's Guitar CD
I have to say that I have followed about every jazz guitarist that has come down the pike...Wes, Kenny,
even Larry Coryell, who's name attracted me to this piece through a search. While their playing is informed, beautiful and moving, I have never ever heard a guitarist
that manages to create such beauty in his "emotional" tracks, and such unexpected turns of phrase as this man.
He does more with a 145 than anyone I'v had the pleasure to listen to and seems to be equally at home with randomized chord conectivity and then soloing over these unusual changes!
There is no show-offiness about anything herein,
it all seems from the heart, as opposed to an Al DiMeola, who always struck me as playing rehearsed passages and
giving off lightning so that the uninformed would be sucked in by these antics. There are no "gymnastics" in the sense of Vai or Satriani and I personally doubt that either of those gentlemen, should they turn off their high-tech fuzz gizmos, could be capable of such lyrical sensivity.

Anyway, I'm not here to bash, just to set the record straight: I believe Mr. Santa Maria said it best: "the guitar as it was meant to be played." Bravo, sir!

Kees de Lange

great guitar playing
This new CD offers a wealth of beautiful guitar tunes. Obviously inspired by Django Reinhard and Larry Corell Paul Santa Maria plays music that's healing for your soul. Absolute highpoint is Pascual Lives, a touching tribute to dancer Pascual Olivera with beautiful flamenco undertones.

Chris Long

Invention - 32 song CD / Handbird Records
I've been fortunate enough to receive many records over the years from various
talented bands, duos and soloists. Some have had a cool vibe, some could really rock
while others wrote (and continue to write) great songs. Paul Santa Maria, however,
falls into a very small, elite group of what I would call supremely talented artists.

For starters, there is no misprint here. "INVENTION" actually contains and amazing
(albeit mostly short) 32 tunes. Actaully it's kind of like a mini-box set of Paul's
recordings over the last 20 years. It would be easy just to say that this record is a
collection instrumental, modern jazz solo guitar compositions, but it's much more.
Although Paul does create about 95% of the music featured on "INVENTION" he gets a little
help here and there from some of his equally supremely talented friends.

For years, Tracey Piergross has been one of my favorite area singer/songwriters and her
vocal performance on "Inseperable" is simply fabulous. Michael Bianco's 7-string guitar
work on "Bianco's Blues" is also brilliant as is the guitar work of the legendary Larry
Coryell on "Insperable " and "Pascual Lives".

Although "Modern Jazz Guitar" might be the section that you'd find this CD in your local
record store (if we still had record stores) there are a lot of other exciting sounds and
flavors featured on "INVENTION". With it's backward guitar tracks (#9)(#9)(#9)
"Nonsensesnesnon" has a King Crimson circa '84 feel while the rhythm tracks on "Silliness"
are jazzed-up metal riffs. Dude!

Look, I'm not trying to fool anyone into thinking that I'm some knd of acknowledged jazz expert
(after all, I do have a Poison tattoo on my right forearm)but I have spent enough time in
my life listening to, enjoying, and appreciating the work of such guitar greats as
Chet Atkins, George Benson and Roy Clark to recognize that this is an amazing record and Paul
Santa Maria is an amazingly gifted musician.

ray catheline jr.

have never heard anything like it !!!!!!.
this c. d. is an amaizing work of art by a briliant artist .every time i listen to it i hear something i missed the time before. cant help it, i am hooked on this talent, not another like it in the world. i have been a musician for over 45 years and can,t express just how i am amaized with this exceptional talent .....

keven sander

no nonsense
hi Paul ,i have known Paul for a long time ,he used to be my guitar master ,yes master ,i learned the guitar from paul,when paul reads this he is going to be surprised for sure .back to the subject,Paul is awesome guitar player and got a taste for jazz ,great composer and song writer plus he works the studio all by him self and record\'s like drinking water ,what an artist.