I've seen John Mayer live in concert twice and he is an INCREDIBLE guitar player! The first comment out of my mouth was "God, can that dude play the guitar."
If you get a chance to see him live...go!
If you get a chance to see him live...go!
i saw jeff beck last year in n.myrtle beach at the house of blues, might have been the best quitar show i have ever heard, i have seen, eric clapton 5 times, eric johnson, several times, lee rei????, stevie ray vaughn, dyanne allman, well you get it, i am an old man...i bet the mayer guy is great, i have seen him on quitar works on tv, itis always great to see and hear great players...it keep hope alive...in music....
I don't get it - Dekay ?....was that an attempt at humour ? I still enjoy Mark Knopfler's style....JJ Cale is still one of the best at being laid back....odd that you mentioned Jeff Beck - dwhitt - as I have his new live disc at Ronnie Scott's playing now - that man is on a whole different level...I wish John Mayer would just let it rip as I think he really could - especially the blues. Throw in some Nils Lofgren that would be a nice afternoon of music for me at least
John Williams is the best technical guitarist (classical) I have seen. I saw Leo Kottke a few weeks later and he looked like an oaf in comparison.
I really liked Robin Trower live but Richard Thompson, Mark Knofler and Pete Townsend are darn good as well. It is hard to pick a favorite
I think SRV, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck are good but overrated for my taste
Buck Dharma is my favorite underdog - tasty licks he has
Trey is awfully good and plays in a myriad of styles. I also think Beck (Jeff), Richard Betts, Steve Howe, Martin Barre, Derek Trucks, Robin Trower, and Keith are great. Picking from the "dead", Jerry, Duane, Jimi, Zappa and Harrison are my guys. Page and Davies are THE riffmeisters, but a bit sloppy.
I just got a blue ray player so I bought the live John Mayer BR disc to check out the audio side of things in the format. I couldn't name a single JM tune, but I know he's a pop star, dates pretty girls, and I had heard he could play some guitar, so I gave it a shot.
No doubt he has some technique and some passion, but his vocabulary and phrasing are really derivative. Dave Mason here, name your favorite '60s electric bluesman there. Compare his tone to Clapton or phrasing to Richard Thompson and there's no "there" there. He also lacks the "wit" of a Todd Rundgren or Bill Kirchen, who could otherwise be criticized on the same basis. JM is undoubtedly a fine player and I certainly wouldn't dismiss the guy, but -in the end- I found myself a bit disappointed.
My guitar hero list still includes RT, Lindsey Buckingham, David Hidalgo, Danny Gatton, and more.
Martykl, I'm sure you recognize that Mayer is a lot younger than the guys you hold him up to in comparison. Most young guitarists are imitators to a large degree until they find their own voice. I'm not a Mayer fan per se, frankly I'm never listened to him very much, but I can certainly recognize that he has the potential to be a great one. I will agree that his vocals don't do much for me.
This is freaky! I read this thread a few hrs. ago & was taking care of some paperwork & just went to watch some TV. When I turned it on there was this dude just wailing away on guitar on Austin City Limits. Turns out to be John Mayer.
He's good & likely to get better. Definitely sometime to take note of.
I first saw John Mayer being interviewed on some TV special about music, or another musician, or something a while ago and I thought he was funny and sounded surprisingly thoughtful. Then I saw him on the Dave Chappelle Show, and the two of them cracked me up - but I still thought he was just basically a bubble gum pop singer.
Then I saw him on the 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival DVD and I was completely blown away - not so much with his technical prowess, but by the fact that this shinny white kid seemed to be channeling the spirits of several dead ax men at once. Nobody on the entire Festival DVD got under my skin the way his playing did. You can watch it here:
I also really enjoyed Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, John McLaughlin and Joe Walsh on the disk, and most of the other players really - but I keep coming back to Mayer and thinking he's onto something.
I have seen a lot of great electric guitar players live including Page, Beck, Barre, Howe, Gilmore, McLaughlin, Di meola, Morse, Winter, Garcia, Buckingham, Hooker, Belew, Hidalgo, Zappa, Vai and that guy that plays with Van Morrison too, just to name the ones I can think of off the top. So is Mayer Derivative? Sure. But a surprising amount of soul comes out of the amps driven by this unlikely source. Maybe the main reason I like his playing so much is that the player he is borrowing most heavily from is Jimi Hendrix - and you can't beat that with an ax or a stick...
though there are lots of talented young guitarists, davey knowles from BACK DOOR SLAM stands alone (in 'his' generation) as a guitar 'god'....and yes i've seen them all....he rivals beck, clapton, kossoff, cippolina, and...yes, hendrix in their heyday....mayer and all the three-name-kids could taken lessons from davey(who just turned 21).....eddie kramer is working on their next record, and townshend and daltrey asked them to play dates with the who.
We've seen Coco Montoya twice in the last two years and every time his chops are blistering hot. Something about his style.. he's just so relaxed yet plays intuitively with natural riffs that speak to me like this is true blues.
Also recently saw Nato Manji - this guy is really something special. And his band is smoken' as well.
Santana always speaks to me and was in top form on his summer tour last year.
B.B in his day was unbelievable. Pete still has it. Mark Knopfler has to be one of the most creative and powerful axemen alive.
Of course no one will ever come close to Jerry but that is due primarily to all the magical nights we partied together.
I have many of the artist that are listed in my music library and enjoy the unique sound that each artist brings to the stage. I believe comparisons are as useful with musical artist as they are to sports athletes (never ending debate).
I am surprised the list has not included Jack White to this point as I find his versatility and style to push the envelope In todays music scene.
"Stop calling Mayer NEW guys!"
He is relatively new compared to a lot of the old geezer guitar god names we are throwing out there.
For example, Justin Hayward is in his 60's now I believe as is Neil Young and probably Clapton, Beck, and most of the others as well.
Many of them can still play guitar as well or sometimes even better than they did when young. Practice does make perfect for this I think.
It is all relative......
If you want a sense of how young Mayer is, check out his bandmates in the
JM Trio. I suspect that Pino Palladino and Steve Jordan are each twice his age.
In this company, he's a kid. He may be long in the tooth for a pop star, but
for a traditional blues guitarist, he's startlingly young.
As to stereotypes of audiophiles, it's only in the last few years that I learned
this guy was more than a top 40 heartthrob. That doesn't mean I care more
about gear than music, it means I care more about gear than shitty music. In
the case of JM, I was just late to the party in learning about his broader rep.
OTOH, Richard Thompson was younger than JM when he recorded
"Sloth", so maybe he should be further along in his development.
PS Jordan is great.
Funny someone should mention audiophiles at all in this thread, because John Mayer's studio albums are not the best produced by a long shot. The sound is often over saturated and a bit fuzzy - take the sonic peaks on Axis Bold as Love on the "Continuum" disk - not good. I sold my copy of "Heavier Things" because it just didn't sound very good on my system and I don't think the material is as strong as his other releases. For somebody who cares about music as much as he appears to - the lack of finesse in the studio is surprising to me. I still think he plays the guitar like ringing a bell, but most of his stuff is not produced for audiophiles, its more for teenage girls' with iPods...