just brew it! wrote:
(I guess I generally tend to favor stuff where guitar plays a significant role; even the Garbarek one features David Torn quite prominently.)
Thanks for all the info. They are all people that I’ve listened to although not necessarily the albums you listed.
Speaking purely of the guitarists I know Tibbets work more than the others.
I nearly got to hear Torn playing with David Sylvian but Torn damaged his hand so the tour was cancelled. I had tickets for Stevie Ray Vaughan’s last tour also…
I used to have Rypdal’s Waves on vinyl and might buy that on CD. Per Ulv would have made a good single! One for volume two of his greatest hits maybe.
I’ve heard Bruford play a few times. Once with his Earthworks band which included Iain Ballamy (heard him with Loose Tubes also which was wonderful) and more memorably as a double bill of Brand X and Bruford at my hometown university. I’m more of a Brand X fan (Livestock is essential listening and Goodsall’s playing outstanding) and unfortunately Holdsworth had left Bruford by then. It was the same line up as the Bruford Tapes.
I like Holdsworth’s 70s work as a guitarist for hire with Ponty, Lifetime, UK, Bruford, Gong, Soft Machine etc but after that I lost interest. Never really got his solo work so for me he was a great sideman.
I was a massive McLaughlin fan and was fortunate enough when I was still in school to see him playing with Cobham, Jack Bruce and Stu Goldberg. That really blew me away. Love Shakti to.
I also heard Bruford playing with King Crimson with Belew & Levin and that was powerful.
An especially memorable gig for me was Bill Frisell playing in Paul Motian’s trio with Joe Lovano. Frisell was using a looping pedal and with no bass in the band it gave a lot freedom.
John Scofield I like a lot and he can get really funky especially when playing with Medeski, Martin & Wood. I’ve heard him live a few times but not with them but once alongside Mike Stern with Miles Davis. I recall an interview with Stern saying that Miles would whisper in his ear on stage to play some Hendrix sh*t. The first time I heard Miles, Stern was still in the band and he played the riff from Hendrix’s Who Knows and I could swear it got the largest applause of the night. Some of McLaughlin’s work with Miles I love; Duran is less well known and worth a listen.
The concert videos of Jeff Beck (Ronnie Scotts gig etc) that I’ve seen in the last decade have really impressed as have his albums in the same time span. I heard him decades ago and was disappointed.
I’m not up on contemporary stuff as the above shows.
I like some Scott Henderson; Slidin’ from his Live album is recommended.
Gary Moore’s work with Colosseum II (70s again) still sounds good to me.
His version of Need Your Love So Bad is outstanding to.
Not so keen on his rock and blues stuff generally. He could rock pretty hard but loads of people can do that but his jazz-rock stuff was more unusual. The parts were written for him in Colosseum II but as he didn’t read music he had to learn them by memory.
Talking of rockers working in a jazz-rock setting Tommy Bolin’s work on Spectrum by Billy Cobham is not to be missed if you like high energy fusion. Haven’t heard anything by him that comes close and to think he ended up with Deep Purple.
Again from the 70s I love (Suite) Golden Dawn by Al Di Meola but just as much because Jaco Pastorius is on bass.
That’s more than enough but are there any more contemporary (90s onwards) guitarists that you recommend as I’m out of the loop with this area mainly.