Remembering Mick Goodrick

June 9, 1945 – November 16, 2022

A tribute to the underrated guitarist

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Guitarist Mick Goodrick passed away on Nov. 16, 2002, at the age of 77.

Goodrick was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania on June 9, 1945, he began playing guitar before he was a teenager, and at 16 became interested in jazz while attending a Stan Kenton Band Camp.

The guitarist attended Berklee during 1963-67, taught at Berklee after he graduated, and would later become a full-time educator.

He made his recording debut with the Woody Herman Orchestra in 1970 but became best known for being a member of the Gary Burton Quartet during 1973-74, recording several albums with the vibraphonist and playing alongside fellow guitarist Pat Metheny for a time in 1974-75 when the group was expanded to a quintet.

Goodrick recorded with Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, Jerry Bergonzi, altoist Jimmy Mosher, Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, and Gary Thomas in the 1980s and was on occasional recordings during the next 30 years (including with Steve Swallow and John Abercrombie), leading his first album in 1978 and four others during 1990-95.

But most of his legacy was as an influential educator with his guitar students including Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Julian Lage, and Lage Lund.

Here are Mick Goodrick and Pat Metheny playing Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Meditation” in a 2005 concert at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

-Scott Yanow


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