Musicians who use a lot of syncopation


I am looking for performers who use a lot of syncopation in solos
they play notes in advance or delay
(between 1 & 2 beat :slight_smile: or 2&3 or 3&4 )

They do not have to be guitarists
they do not have to be speed virtuosos
but they could play music from Fats Waller’s period (jazz blues dixie)
of course not necessarily.


Al Di Meola like weird rythmn stuff.


Wayne Krantz and Adam Rogers.


John Scofield.

Almost any jazz/bebop player.

Sonny Rollins particularly though has a habit of doing rhythmic things that make you go “what the hell just happened?”


herbie hancock for sure. brad mehldau, ari hoenig, dave holland, gilad hekselman, ben monder. +1 for wayne krantz. Jim Hall actually does some pretty wild rhythmic things espeically on his CD Alone Together with Ron Carter. On a surface listen it might sound like he’s playing very simply, but his rhythms are very complex.

oh yeah and pat metheny digs in as well:

this page has some very cool rhythmic stuff, you can then investigate the individual artists:


I would think George Benson belongs to this category, and he is also a good case study for DWPS!


Chick Corea is someone to transcribe and/or look at.