Still, for someone who is such a revered player, you would think I would at least know something from him.
He didn't really go the route of radio or chart success. Back in 68/69 his band actually beat Led Zeppelin to the punch on a lot of what they did, but in a more primitive ad less radio ready fashion. I get the feeling when he saw how well Zeppelin were doing with their heavy blues thing that he'd also developed he decided to leave well enough alone and went a less commercial direction. His album Blow By Blow from 1975 is really jazz fusion oriented, and really incredible for its time. He's kinda the first guy to get really renown among guitar players for being among the best of the best in the world of guitar but to not have that industry reverence cross over into a relevant amount of chart success. To me he's like the prototype for a Satriani or a Vai or any of your G3 guys.