Jesse Gress's transcription/arrangements for Warner Brothers Publications were first published in 1986, thus beginning his career as one of the most respected music transcribers in the business. After gaining notoriety for uncanny accuracy and meticulous attention to detail, his clientele quickly expanded to include Cherry Lane Music, Music Sales and Hal Leonard. He also began transcribing and writing lesson features for Guitar Player, Guitar World, Guitar School, and Guitar for the Practicing Musician. In 1992, Jesse became Guitar Player's music editor.

Over 100 transcription folios containing Jesse's work have been published to date. These include most of the Beatles and Stevie Ray Vaughan catalogs, as well as key recordings by Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers Band, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Guns 'N' Roses, whose Appetite for Destruction was reportedly the best-selling guitar-transcription folio in history.

Jesse has authored three instructional books for Music Sales: Blues Riffs for Guitar/2, Jazz Riffs for Guitar/2 and Classical Riffs for Guitar. His latest work, The Guitar Cookbook (Backbeat Books) contains 256 pages of guitar-friendly music theory instruction that Jesse began compiling for his students over fifteen years ago. He also plans to release a series of supplemental rock, blues and jazz "cookbooks" in 2002.

Following is a list of folios, listed by publisher, that feature Jesse's work. We are researching which ones are still in print and will eventually offer selected titles for sale on this site. Stay tuned!


Guitar Recorded Versions Artist Folios:
The Allman Brothers Band -
The Definitive Collection for guitar (all Live at Fillmore East titles)
Volume 1 *
Volume 2 *
Volume 3 *
The Beatles -
Rubber Soul
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
White Album (Books 1 and 2)
Abbey Road
Beatles 1962-1966
Beatles 1967-1970
The Beatles Guitar Techniques
Eric Clapton -
Blues Breakers/John Mayall with Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
Crossroads 2: Live in the Seventies (Books 1 and 2)
Timepieces: The Best of Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton Guitar Solos
Fresh Cream (unpublished)
G3 - (Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai)
G3 Live in Concert *
Jimi Hendrix -
Electric Ladyland (revised 2nd edition)
The Jimi Hendrix Concerts
Woodstock *
First Rays of the New Rising Sun *
South Saturn Delta *
Blues *
BBC Sessions *
Eric Johnson -
Tones *
Ah Via Musicom *
Judas Priest -
Vintage Hits
Kansas -
Best of Kansas *
Gary Moore -
After Hours
Still Got the Blues *
Riverdogs -
Rolling Stones -
Rock and Roll Circus *
Testament -
The Ritual *
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble -
Texas Flood
Couldn't Stand the Weather
Soul to Soul
In Step
In the Beginning
The Real Deal - Greatest Hits Vol. 2
Lightnin' Blues: 1983 - 1987 (revised 2nd edition)
The Stevie Ray Vaughan Guitar Collection
Vaughan Brothers -
Family Style (w/Jimmie Vaughan)
A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan (w/ Eric Clapton, B.B.King, Buddy Guy,
Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, & Jimmie Vaughan.)
Steve Vai -
Passion and Warfare *

Transcribed Scores:
Traffic -
Best of Traffic

GRV Compilations:
Alligator Records 25th Anniversary Collection
Blue Heaven: Great Blues Guitar
Classic Jazz Masters: Guitar Standards
Guitar School Classics
Modern Jazz Greats: Standards
Rock and Roll Classics
Unplugged Acoustic Rock Guitar Hits


Authentic Guitar Tab Editions:
Jeff Beck -
Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop
Candlebox -
Dokken -
Beast from the East
Dream Theatre -
Led Zeppelin -
Led Zeppelin I
Led Zeppelin II
Rush -
Whitesnake -
Slip of the Tongue *
Neil Young -

Guitar Superstar Series:
Dokken -
The Best of Dokken
Talking Heads -
The Best of Talking Heads
Whitesnake -
The Best of Whitesnake

Various Artist Compilations:
Heavy Metal Mania
More Heavy Metal Mania

Made Easy for Guitar Series:
The Music of the Cars Made Easy for Guitar
The Best of the Grateful Dead Made Easy for Guitar
The Music of John Couger Mellancamp Made Easy for Guitar
The Music of the Monkees Made Easy for Guitar
The Best of the Scorpions Made Easy for Guitar


Play It Like It Is Artist Folios:
Guns 'N Roses -
Appetite for Destruction
5 of the Best
Metallica -
And Justice For All *
Master Of Puppets *
Perfect Timing
Quiet Riot
Best of Quiet Riot *
Joe Satriani -
Surfing With The Alien
5 of the Best *

Various Artist Compilations:
Heavy Metal Ballads *
Heavy Metal Mixed Bag *
Hot Metal Hits Vol. 1 *
Hot Metal Hits Vol. 2 *


Artist Folios:

Anthrax -
State of Euphoria
Best of Anthrax
Ritchie Blackmore -
Ritchie Blackmore Anthology
Deep Purple -
Perfect Strangers
Nobody's Perfect
Pink Floyd -
Dark Side of the Moon
The Wall
Ten Years After -
About Time

Original Series:
Larry Carlton - Original Larry Carlton
B.B. King - Original B.B. King

Riff Series:
Blues Riffs for Guitar/2
Classical Riffs for Guitar
Jazz Riffs for Guitar/2


The Presidents of the United States of America -
Freaked Out and Small


Music Editor Credits:
Larry Coryell - Jazz Guitar
Studio Bass Masters
* Denotes selected titles only.


with John Ferenzik:
John Ferenzik "Wild Man of Borneo" - CD
John Ferenzik "Devil's Playground" - CD
John Ferenzik " Wheel of Nesh" - CD
John Ferenzik "House of Boris" - CD

with Tony Levin Band:
"Pieces of the Sun" (2001) - CD
"Double Espresso" (2002) - CD
"Resonator" (2005) - CD

with Todd Rundgren:
"Live in Chicago" (1991) - CD
"The Individualist" (1995, background vocals only) - CD
"With a Twist" (1997) - CD
"Liars Live" (2004) - DVD

Jesse Gress on vinyl:
"Le Pamplemousse" (1979) - 12" LP
"Aliveness Pt1 & Pt 2" with Charlie Caye Parker (1984) - 7" 45 rpm
"I Saw the Light" b/w
     "Can We Still Be Friends" with Todd Rundgren (1997) - 7" 45 rpm

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