Let’s take a moment to celebrate the awesomely talented Jennifer Batten, in just one of her many incarnations, as Michael Jackson’s lead guitarist. Rock and Roll mythology tells us that she got this particular gig on the strength of John Coltrane’s Giant Steps, performed as a two hand tapping exercise…the mind boggles. (Ever notice how both Prince and Michael Jackson liked to showcase female artist/collaborators?) This guitarist is now more widely know for her supporting role in Jeff Beck’s band, and also has written some great CD accompanied guitar manuals. One of which I put on now and again just to hear her extremely pleasant, croaky, Southern accent telling me she’ll now demonstrate it ‘slowly’ – i.e faster than the human ear can hear. Go Jennifer!

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