chalmers spanky alfordChalmers Edward "Spanky" Alford (May 22, 1955 – March 24, 2008)[1] was an American three time Grammy winning jazz guitarist.[2] Alford was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. He was well known for his playing style and use of arpeggiations. He had an illustrious career as a gospel quartet guitar player in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s with groups such as the Mighty Clouds of Joy among others.

Later in life, he found a new career in the neo-soul movement of the 1990s and 2000s, most notably contributing to the sounds of D'Angelo and Tony Toni Toné. Alford played guitar as part of The Soultronics, (D'angelo's band for his 2000 "Voodoo" tour), alongside Questlove, James Poyser, Pino Palladino and Anthony Hamilton. He was a teacher, and was credited with teaching Raphael Saadiq amongst others to play guitar. He played on several albums with artists such as Joss Stone, John Mayer, Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, D'Angelo and Roy Hargrove.[3]

Alford died in March 2008, at the age of 52, in Huntsville, Alabama.

Appeared on

Stan Jones - Out of the Shadows
D'Angelo - Voodoo
The Roots - illadelph Halflife, Things Fall Apart (album)
Joss Stone - Introducing Joss Stone
Vikter Duplaix - Bold and Beautiful
John Mayer - Continuum
John Mayer - Try!
Vick Allen - Simply Soul
Evelyn Turrentine-Agee - Call Jesus
Evelyn Turrentine-Agee - Go Through
Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Shaheedullah and Stereotypes
Roy Hargrove - Strength (EP)
Norman Brown - West Coast Coolin'
The Canton Spirituals - New Life: Live in Harvey, IL
Rhian Benson - Gold Coast
Roy Hargrove - Hard Groove
Angie Stone - Black Diamond
Raphael Saadiq - Instant Vintage
Anthony Hamilton
Bee Gees - Still Waters[4]
2Pac - Until the End of Time[5]
A Tribe Called Quest - "4 Moms" (from The Love Movement)
Al Green - Lay It Down


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More info:

Roy Hargrove & The RH Factor – April 2, 2004 Cully Jazz Festival, Switerzland

Roy Hargrove and The RH Factor

Video: Guitar Conversation between Norris Jones & Spanky Alford

Video: Spanky Alford recording at Bradley House Music


iTunes: Shaheedullah and Stereotypes - Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Introducing Joss Stone - Joss Stone

Take Your Time (Radio Edit) [feat. Corinne Bailey Rae] - Single - Al Green

Amazon: Shaheedullah And Stereotypes

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