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Looking back now it is hard to recall how it all started and who we should blame – but suddenly in the mid-70s there they were, electric guitarists spitting out notes faster than shells from an Uzi.
“Fingers scampering across the fret board like a mouse on Meth,” was how Playboy described a 1975 Jeff Beck album, and the...
In typically witty cover notes to the six-album Storyteller anthology released two years ago to celebrate 25 years in music, Rod Stewart appended something interesting after his signature...”Stewart’s the name, singing’s the game.”
And that’s worth remembering.
Fashions may change (and with Stewart...
In a recent interview in advance of his Auckland concert next February, I put a quote to this guitar legend whose career started back in the mid-Sixties when he took over from Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds: that of all the guitar heroes his career had been the most slippery to follow.
He laughed and agreed -- then I told him that quote came...
It might not be the first question you ask guitarist Jeff Beck -- it was actually my last -- but it does need to be put: “So Jeff, when you saw Spinal Tap did you think, “Oi, that geezer’s got my hair on?’ “
Beck, who has long had a reputation as a difficult customer -- but hasn’t proven so in this...
Like many artists on the ECM label, the Norwegian guitarist Terje Rypdal is largely faceless: you could have listened to his albums for decades as I have done and still pass him in the supermarket and not recognise him.
By my count he’s done about 20 albums under his own name on ECM, and appeared on almost as many others as one of...
When my dad was boy he used to make his own crystal sets, small radio receivers so finely tuned if you breathed hard they’d go off the exotic overseas broadcast you were picking up.
Within his lifetime he lived from crystal sets into the CD age.
I thought of this when Jan Garbarek’s new album Dresden arrived in late 2009. I...
They didn't call him Long John for nothing. Standing more than 2m tall, John Baldry was a towering figure in British r'n'b during the 60s.
Alongside John Mayall, Long John Baldry was a kingmaker whose various groups included the young Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts, later of the Rolling Stones, and the 16-year-old Jimmy Page (Led...
There have been any number of Southern blues, soul and rock'n'roll musicians whose souls have struggled with their pull of their secular and spiritual sides: Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Son House, Al Green . . . and the great guitarist Roy Buchanan.
Arkansas-born Buchanan -- who died in an apparent jail-cell suicide in 1988 at age 48,...
Jeff Beck's career has certainly seem some troughs -- usually by virtue of his absence from playing when the mood didn't take him -- but latterly he has enjoyed some great highs.
His recent touring reminded again of what a colourful palette he commands -- from fusion rock to great delicacy, often within the same piece -- and that he does...
Aside from the obvious ones -- the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and arguably the Small Faces and perhaps the Animals -- was there any other group in the mid-Sixties which was such a magnet for, and breeding ground of, talent?
And it's not just the roster of guitarists who passed through its ranks -- Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page...
The opening track on guitarist John
McLaughlin's Live in Paris, usefully serves as a microcosm of his
career. It starts slow, melodic and considered with McLaughlin
peeling off memorable phrases, then picks up speed to hit a furious
pace as he skitters around the fret-board like ferret freebasing.
Things then cut back to irresistible...
It's well known that Jimi Hendrix didn't have much business sense, but he sure knew how to play guitar. This track -- one of about 60 recorded with the little known singer/guitarist Curtis Knight at a small studio in New York -- is a measure of both.
Hendrix -- at that time Jimmy James -- had recently been fired from Little Richard's touring...
In 1964 the Isley Brothers – a
doo-wop/r'n'b outfit from Cincinnati who had scored a hit with Twist
and Shout – were playing a show in a baseball stadium in
Bermuda. They had their own in-built support act, they simply sent
their band out to warm up the crowd. But on this night there was
whooping from the audience and a guy came...
The Doobies' great Listen to the
Music, Long Train Running and
China Grove in the late 60s/early 70s were driven by urgent
guitars and hammering keyboards delivering a forward momentum (which
denied the stoner reference of their chosen name).
But surely no old
fans could fall for the limp, lame and geriatric opener here A
The great jazz, post-Hendrix and entirely Elsewhere guitarist James Blood Ulmer delivered exceptional albums of post-Ornette Coleman harmolodic music such as Tales of Captain Black and Are You Glad To Be In America on John Snyder's short-lived but creditable Artist House label.
But then he slowly evaporated from...
By the time Eric Clapton flew to Miami
in 1970 to record what would become the Layla and Other Assorted
Love Songs double album, he had spent six years in an emotional
wringer: he was the acclaimed guitarist in the Yardbirds before he
abruptly quit over dissatisfaction with their pop direction; took
time out; joined John Mayall in his Blues...
Even those who have been his most ardent champions concede that guitarist Jeff Beck has always taken his own wayward path, often following a great album with an indifferent one.
He may lack career focus -- he takes time out frequently -- but his recent years have seen him acclaimed for the consistency of his live performances, and the petty...
Irish singer Imelda May Higham started her profesional life singing folk, rock'n'roll and rockabilly but has made her way towards saucy, raunchy old-time jazz while losing none of her original passions.
Which is why on the recent Jeff Beck tribute to Les Paul she could weigh in with everything from rockabilly to haunting torch singing, so...
One jazz encyclopedia says of this, the second album by the Joe Zawinul-Wayne Shorter lead fusion group -- "everyting about I Sing the Body Electric was very 1972 . . . the brilliant sci-fi artwork . . . the psychobabble liner notes". Another says "another document of the times with a sci-fi cover, impressionistic pieces, booting...
Excellent though the recent Jeff Beck, Imelda May and others CD of this concert was -- a salute to the late guitar player and designer Les Paul -- this DVD film of the concert (and then some) is a leap ahead, and not just because the live show by these people is such fun, but because the extra footage is engrossing.
At some point you may...
Here's one from the pub quiz: Who topped the Melody Maker poll in '72 in the best guitarist category?
Of course a more interesting question might be, "How come Ireland's Rory Gallagher beat out Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Steve Howe, Leslie West and all those axe-slingers of the day?"
Gallagher -- who died in '95 of liver...
As with Bob Marley's "catalogue", it seems only right that Jimi Hendrix's messy existence -- he seemed to a sign a contract at the drop of an offer, and would record with whomever when the mood took him -- should be reined in and given some coherence.
So when the Hendrix family finally wrestled a measure of control after years of...
There are some extraordinary guitar talents -- Roy Buchanan comes to mind immediately -- whose gift just seems to go right past an audience you know would appreciate it, if they just shifted their attention in that direction.
Bonamassa -- who also has lungs like leather and can write terrific blues rock songs also -- is another.
When veteran British bluesman John
Mayall played the Civic in Auckland in 2010, the concert was both disappointing
and crowd-pleasing. Disappointing because, although professionally
executed, it failed to really take flight. Crowd-pleasing because he
played his hits.
The joke, of course, is Mayall has
never had hits and at 77 it seems...
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