i found this guitarist from Australia that goes by [artist]Plini[/artist] that I think you guys would like, this track especially reminds me of Shawn Lane's stuff on Powers of Ten http://plini.bandcamp.com/track/tarred-feathered
Yes, Buckethead told that Shawn was a greatest musician of all time. He blown mind of John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth, Guthrie Govan, Eric Johnson as well as Jason Brecker(or Becker? dont know :D) . All of them are really great players, but in my opinion Shawn was the most original and crossover and because of his technique he was not human. :) Keep on listening to his wonderful music and spam last fm with him!
It's pretty obvious why he wasn't as popular. He made jazz music that was a bit inconsistent throughout his career. Satriani, Vai, and Hendrix were all consistent and accessible, but Shawn's music doesn't lend itself to such a wide audience.
"Shawn Lane was a genius! I preferred his Indian stuff to his jazz. Check out the Paris video. Me likey. I would like to have taken lessons. I heard that when he was having health problem, he found inspiration from me." - Jason Becker
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RxxjbzR5LQ i've listened everything, from blues, jazz, metal, to classical music, experimental music. nothing comes even close to this piece of music, this improvisation
I'm going to agree with Cold_Dish. The speed of his shredding was brilliant and amazing, but the way he phrased it so that it was less like "shredding" and more like beautiful music was what set him apart. Also he was in my opinion one of the greatest musical composers ever.