The musical wisdom of Ry Cooder.


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Here’s a great interview with the guitarist many musicians (and some non-musicians) favour above all others, Ry Cooder. John Hiatt was given his choice of any guitarist for the recording of his Bring The Family album, and he chose Ry (along with Jim Keltner on drums and Nick Lowe on bass). There is much in the interview that could be quoted, my favorite being:

"Most guitar player play too much, ya know? It’s an affliction of guitar players; they’re always playing. People are used to hearing the guy who puts his foot up on the monitor cabinet and blasting away for 84 bars. That’s new, that’s a relatively recent development. Where I’m coming from, what you’re listening for is what’s happening BETWEEN players: What’s the line that the GROUP takes? How does it work, what’s it feel like? What are the chord inversions doing for ya?" What Ry is describing is "ensemble playing", a style employed by the world's best musicians.

For an example of Ry's incredible musicality, give a listen to his playing on "Lipstick Sunset" on the Hiatt album. My all-time favorite guitar solo, when I saw and heard Little Village perform it live, time stood still.

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Preaching to the choir about Ry Cooder, absolutely love what he brings to the table and know when I see his name in the acknowledgments that the projects he is involved in are going to be better than if he wasn't involved. To mention a few other artist I feel that way about I would have to include Leon Russell, Allen Toussaint and T Bone Burnett, but yes Ry is a special player. Enjoy the music
And I like his political viewpoint and mean guitar...
An arch top Gibson @tomic601, not a guitar Ry is known to play. Wonder where that pic was taken. In the interview he states he has about 50 guitars to his name. Guitarists are lucky, they don't take up much room. My collection of 20 vintage drumsets and 40 snare drums fills a 10' x 20' storage space. 
I have Bring The Family album. What is nice about that album is the musicians are as good as the vocals, which are very good. It sounds like they cared when they produced that. Keeps my interest up through the album. 
I have Ry and  V.M. Bhatt on Meeting by the River. Cool flowing music.
Thanks bdp24
@marqmike, the A Meeting By The River album is one of the best recordings I've ever heard. Ry did the first digitally-recorded Pop (non-Classical) album---Bop Til You Drop, and hated the sound (it's great musically, however). When he heard a Water Lily recording, he asked aloud why his records didn't sound that good. He sought out Kavi Alexander---owner/recording engineer of Water Lily---and A Meeting By The River was the result.
@bdp24 , I got tickled during the interview as he was trashing his Jazz album and how much he hated it then found it so telling of him to mention how much he learned from the musicians on the album. Enjoy the music
Yeah @tooblue, a musician honest enough to admit a mistake, and big enough to acknowledge his influences and praise those he admires and owes a debt to. It's no secret a lot of musicians have a huge ego, perhaps a result of deep insecurity. Not Ry.
I've been a fan almost since he made his first recording. I have a wonderful memory from almost 30 years ago of my 11 and 6-year-old daughters bouncing around the back seat of my car screaming/singing "Little sister don't you do what your big sister done" when I played his "Bop Till You Drop" album on the cassette player. They knew the words to the whole album.
Lucky kids to have such a hip Dad, @sfar! And you a lucky Dad to have such cool kids.
Thanks @bdp24. They're now cool women and I think Ry Cooder gets at least part of the credit.
I'm a recent Cooder convert.  He is just an amazing musician.  Each new (to me) album I listen to of his is a revelation.  I recently found a NOS copy of Pull Up Some Dust on vinyl and I cannot stop listening to it.  I have a feeling it won't be long before I own dozens of his titles.  He's a true American treasure.