Recording with Bowie: Guitarist Reeves Gabrels

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Recording with Bowie: Guitarist Reeves Gabrels

Guitarist Reeves Gabrels discusses his work with rock icon David Bowie in this exclusive Guitar Shop TV interview.


Regarded as one of the most daring rock-guitar improvisers since Jimi Hendrix, Reeves is best known for his long partnership with David Bowie, with whom he worked regularly with from 1987 to 1999. The versatile guitarist has also enjoyed an active performing and recording career before, during and since his time with Bowi. Reeves was worked both independently and in collaboration with musicians worldwide. A former resident of New York, Boston, London and Los Angeles, since 2006 Reeves has been based in Nashville, Tennessee.


Gabrels’ songs and improvisations defy easy genre classification, ranging from “hard-hitting blues rock to 21st century electronica,” to quote Guitar World‘s characterization of Ulysses, his album from 2000. Known for his virtuosity and versatility, Reeves is a guitarist capable of explore sonic extremes with a great, adaptive intuition for serving the needs of a particular song.


Reeves’ most recent project was a summer touring stint with long-serving British gothic-pop group, The Cure.

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