Ty Tabor - King's X
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Tab Benoit has a little SRV flavor from time to time.
When Stevie went down, my friends and I embarked on a three day bourbon binge, bungee-jumping off any bridge we could find in homage. None of us remember how many jumps we made, but we started in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and ended up in Twin Falls, Idaho (that is one BIG bridge, BTW). Not sure how we survived for that matter. The stupidity of youth, aye?
Andy Timmons http://www.andytimmons.com/ is a local Dallas boy. Saw him do "Little Wing" live. Within the song he changed his style from Clapton to SRV to Hendrix. Travels the world giving guitar clinics.
Check out the Albert King and SRV CD In Session it is great. Buddy Guy also was a major influence on them both. I also have a CD that SRV and Buddy play together on at Buddy's club in Chicago. I heard a story about Buddy's son wanting to meet Jimi so Buddy took him, he told Jimi I want to play like you and he said you should try to play like your dad.
Bill Nelson of BeBop Deluxe reminded me of Hendrix especially on some of the live stuff...making a guitar sound like a seagull cry on "Sister Seagull", on the LIVE IN THE AIR AGE recording. I saw a LITAA concert back in 1977. For the second encore, Bill did a cover of "Purple Haze". I don't mean to sound sacrilegious, but other than the vocals, you'd swear that the spirit of Hendrix had come back and was playing guitar. To this day, I still can't believe what I heard on that night in Miami!
WITH ALL DUE RESPECT...I SAW HENDRIX OVER 10 TIMES FROM 1966 TO1969 AND THERE IS "NO-ONE " WHO COULD REMIND YOU OF HIM IF YOU SAW THE MAN "LIVE!"
AS FOR STEVIE...SAW HIM NUMEROUS TIMES AS WELL...A HEAVENLY GIFTED STYLIST BUT DEEPLY INFLUENCED BY JIMMY WHO.IRONICALLY, WAS PUSHING PAST ROCK INTO "FUSION" JAZZ AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH!
Live in The Air Age and Axe Victim, are both excellent... had a ticket to see Be Bop Deluxe right after Air Age came out (wasn't as lucky as Fatparrot)... they cancelled.
Hendrix was like some kind of super nova and lots of great guitar players have ridden that energy to some intersting areas. SRV did some beautiful stuff, but IMO he didn't expand the vocabulary like alot of other guys did. If you want to experience that check out:
John McLaughlin- Devotion, some of the heaviest plodding narcotic slabs of fuzzed out guitar around, may seem a little crude on the surface but this one is packed w/ skill and imagination, (a #%**&!!! warehouse and ridiculously underrated).
Praxis Metatron, (Buckethead)- Track 8 for a few arpeggiated seconds punches through to some nerve endings Jimi hadn't hit yet.
Richie Kotzen, Electric Joy- Has alot of slinky, clean, insanely dexterous playing on it at the outer edge of the Hendrix blues spectrum. "Acid Lips" is a high point.
David Fiuczynski- He's really a vessel for the exploration and development of Sonny Sharrock and Hendrix warpage. When he's at his best, neither one of those guys are dead.
Ax Generich (Guru Guru)- On Kanguru and Der Electrolurch he's refined and refocused the use of attack and reverb in ways that should give any Hendrix fan a whole new buzz.
Bambi Fossati (Garybaldi) On the Astolabio record he builds up some gorgeous floating euphoric italian rock guitar passages,(New Trolls- Concerto Grosso + UT are also up there).
Jean Paul Bourelly- He put out a "Tribute to Jimi" disc that's really good, (not just a rehash), but his "Rock the Cathartic Spirits" disc really gets that clear deep translucent tone and moves it around like very few other recordings.
Akin Eldes, (KAFI) This one totally kills me, big pulsing arcs of guitar and bass, wobble the head, (too bad Jimi didn't have this guy). The playing throughout is relaxed, convoluted and lysergic as hell, and the recording quality is AMAZING!
I saw the Experience live at, I think, Masonic Auditorium in 1968. There was a problem with RI and Jimi's amps picked up a local AM radio news/talk show which then boomed across the hall. He looked confused and turned to fiddle with the amps and even wacked one a couple times with his guitar. We all thought it was part of the show.
Fast forward to about 5 years ago at a used record store in Ann Arbor, MI, and on the wall was a black and white photo of Jimi at Masonic and he was just starting to look over his shoulder at the stack of Marshalls as if to say, "What the f--k!". I almost had an acid flashback when seeing that picture!
Jonny Lang and Ian Moore both have Stevie 'Rave On' string tendencies. Ian Moore's 'Ian Moore' CD/album is fabulous.
I was lucky enough in life to not only see SRV but also expereince him early in his career in a band called 'The Nightcrawlers' and hung out with him after a show in Dallas. If yo get the chance read the book 'Caught in the Crossfire' - about his life.
I saw Jimmy in Denver in 1969. Great show except for the tear gas leveled at fans who crashed a gate, and then the wind shifted and blew it to everyone in the stands. Can't help but wonder what he'd have put out in the past 35 years if he were still with us. I did like some of Frank Marino as far as comparisions go... p.s. tear gas and contact lens don't mix.