I was a big fan up until a'Go-go. That is the last one I bought. And everything before it.
I tend to categorise his musical period I prefer.
1. The post George Duke- Billy Cobham band - Pre- Miles Davis period:
I mainly love in trio with Adam Nussbaum and Steve Swallow. Out like a light was my favorite. I barely listen to those anymore though, 'cause they feel a bit timid. At least in comparison what he has done on the Miles Davis records. Holidays is still a song I put on quite frequently
2. The Miles Davis years
All the three records he was on is fantastic. Decy is especially brutal. But if you check his solo on You are under arrest! (I mean the composition from the album by the same name), you should be foaming in the mouth.
3. Post Davis
He kept the funk going up to cd "Flat out". And he contributed to the most important and overlooked albums of the '80s, in Marc Johson's band called
BassDesires. In tandem with a young Bill Frisell. Accompanied by Marc Johnson and Peter Erskine!!!!
4. From 'Flat out' to "a'go-go"
Usually quartetts, mostly own compisition, often with sax.
He probably is my favorite soloist, he keeps me floored with his improvised melodies that are actually beautiful momentary compositions.
The two prime examples being his solos on Twister (BAss Desires: Second sight) and Mojo Highway (BAss Desires).
So you can barely go wrong if you want fantastic guitar work.
I lost him after a'go-go. I didn't like Bump, and went to see him in concert around that time, and walked out half time. It wasn't for me. The drummer started rapping, and the second guitarist played samples from a laptop.
I check his offerings from time to time, but nothing caught my interest lately. He has done enough for me from '77 to '99. Plenty to listen to, to be floored from, to experience epiphany. I am thankful for that.
+1 for Joe Henderson's So near so far...Best jazz comping I've ever heard. Grace under pressure is my personal fave...I can see your house from here with Metheny is a no brainer...Trio Beyond..Tweeddeluxes recommendation is his tribute to Tony Williams Lifetime...Brilliant...Sco's probably my favorite guitar player at any given moment.
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