Since first meeting in the 1920s, neither jazz nor the guitar have ever been the same. This swinging celebration of that union presents four Legends of Jazz Guitar: West Montgomery, Joe Pass, Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis. "Of all the ways to improvise," says Barney Kessel, "the most stimulating and demanding is jazz." The four artists here demonstrate stunning command of the fingerboard alongside inspired explorations of standards, blues and ballads. Explosive cascades of notes as well as languid pools of music pour from these maestros' imaginations and fingers. "The object for me," said Joe Pass, "is to play music, to communicate, not to show hard things or fast things." While guitarists will note plenty that's hard and fast in this DVD, somehow these masters make even the impossible appear effortless. That's class.