That's way too bad. He wasn't just an incredible guitar player, he played EVERYTHING on Powers of Ten. Any idea what happened?
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Not sure what you meant when you wrote "music is a team effort". Are you saying that there are no great (or even musically redeeming) single instrumentalist performances or recordings? Anyway the 1994 Hellborg/Lane/Baker, Abstract Logic disc at times displays an extremely high level of musical telepathy and teamwork. I don't know how much Shawn Lane you've heard, but this recording strongly indicates that he had the team thing figured out at least 9 years ago.
Some of the recordings I've heard seem to show him off at the expense of the ensemble. I'm not denying his amazing talent. I sometimes have the same impression of John McLaughlin, although his role in Shakti seems to be more ensemble-minded than in his early incarnations. I'm not bashing Shawn Lane... perhaps my original post was poorly worded.