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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Stanford Guitar, Jan 19, 2021.
Kenny Burrell - when I was 16 and first started taking jazz band the director loaned me a copy of Kenny's Soul Call album and said "...mmm...maybe you should give this a listen". I had never heard that kind of tone, phrasing or harmonic and melodic ideas. Suffice to say, it instantly expanded my concept of the universe of guitar, and music in general, well beyond the licks I'd been trying to copy from records by BB King, Clapton and (don't tell blowtorch) Neil Young.
Both can and do play any traditional style.
But they also are both very experimental and can get way out there.
And my favorite moments are when they blend the two and bend expectations.
Wes Montgomery and Frank Zappa.
Eric Johnson, Lenny Breau, and Django Reinhardt leap to my mind.
The '80s East Coast Frisell
Thurston Moore/Lee Ranaldo
colin stetson too
It was Bill Frisell in the '80s playing small clubs with floor level stage and hardly any space so I could sit close enough to see the settings on his 16 second delay.
oren ambarchi at times
Robert Lockwood Jr
Actually Tom Morello made me want to buy a trem pedal, which is unusual in that I really never have interest in copping a sound that already in use.
Seeing Egberto Gismonti live gave me more of a sense of freedom WRT mistakes vs risk.
Tom Morello was the first to really get me thinking about how to wring non-traditional sounds out of the guitar. In those days, it wasn't easy to just hop on YouTube and see what he was doing so it demanded imagination and experimentation.
Yvette Young is interesting, her style is similar to what's been happening with modern contemporary fingerstyle acoustic for a while. My only issue with the style is the players seem bent on picking one idea and playing it over and over and over.
I was present at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS a couple years ago when Christie Lenee won the International Fingerstyle competition. I've enjoyed watching her since...reminds me of Michael Hedges with a more modern twist. She's very energetic and a great performer as well.
oh yeah duh, of course tom morello. whammy was my first weird pedal, when i was a teen and wanted to play along to RATM.
i'll add ichirou agata to the whammy and stutter weirdos for myself too.
Interesting and awesome player!
But not really innovating or changing the course of guitar, not digging deeper into her soul either.
I see more helicopter parent awesomeness, the young person pushed to excel as a child and developing robotic perfection almost like a prisoner of the thing they pursue.
Sounds like computer generated music?
I'm certainly in awe of her seeming effortless precision, but the crying out of the human soul through art seems absent.
It took me a while but eventually it dawned on me that not everyone is a tortured soul.
I saw Sonic Youth in a small club in the ‘80s but was not inspired.
Sonny Sharrock was inspiring but I’m pretty sure I never saw him live.
Cecil Taylor live was inspiring though, and while piano doesn’t transfer to guitar in my range of technique, I still reach for sax and piano inspiration as much as guitar inspiration.