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Monthly Archives: February 2002

R.L. Burnside – Mr. Wizard & Acoustic Stories

 

R.L. Burnside plays guitar like the world is coming to an end. His electric sounds follow in the boogie-drone style of John Lee Hooker and Fred McDowell, but take the blues over the edge with overdriven and feedback-laced, open-tuned guitar work. Mr. Wizard is a fine showing of Burnside’s electric blues culled from a variety […]

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Carvin AE-185

 

Our movable feast of musical gear begins this month with an offering from the folks as California’s Carvin Musical Instruments: the semi-hollow, acoustic-electric, 6-string guitar designated AE-185. These are the guitars that I keep seeing onstage from Will Ray’s chicken pluckin’ to Danny “Elfman of Oingo Boingo, but had not (as yet) been able to […]

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Joe Beck and Ali Ryerson – Alto

 

We start this month with a very cool album. It features Joe Beck on alto guitar (three pairs of strings in three separate registers), Ali Ryerson on alto flute, and Steve Davis on very tasteful and unobtrusive percussion. The tunes are mostly standards, but they are given new life by the very nice sound these […]

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Coco Schumann – 50 Years in Jazz

 

German jazz guitarist Coco Schumann came of age in the generation following the breakthrough jazz recordings of Django Reinhardt and much of his own guitar work is deeply influenced by the legendary Gypsy. This 37-cut, two-disc retrospective captures many of the phases of Schumann’s work to date. He served as guitarist for violinist Helmut Zacharias, […]

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Scotty Moore/D.J. Fontana – and Various Others

 

Here’s a CD featuring a couple of members of Elvis’ original band – the legendary Scotty Moore on guitar and drummer D.J. Fontana – along with guests like Levon Helm, the Mavericks, the BoDeans, Joe Ely, Cheap Trick, Ronnie McDowell, Steve Earle, Joe Louis Walker, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and more. And it works wonderfully. […]

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Dave Amato

Speedwagon Six-Stringer
 

Joining an established rock act like REO Speedwagon might be the dream of many a Vintage Guitar reader, but such was exactly what occurred for guitarist Dave Amato in 1989. Amato has had experience with other major acts as well, and his love of guitars has taken him to Texas and California guitar shows. He […]

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Jellyroll – Hep Cats Holiday

 

Jump blues are like licorice: if you like it, you can’t get enough. Jellyroll satisfies the craving with a cool selection of 12 classic tunes, from “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby” to “Flat Foot Floogie.” But Jellyroll is not just your typical revival band. This is hot stuff. The band is […]

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John Abercrombie – Open Land

 

Guitarist John Abercrombie is one of the creators of the ECM Sound, and his new album is quintessential Abercrombie/ECM. If you arrived late, ECM Records was sparked by Manfred Eichner in Germany and has become famous for its wide open free jazz recordings. The ECM Sound blends acoustic and electric instruments combining classic and contemporary […]

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Duke Robillard – New Blues for Modern Man

 

There have always been Big Sticks in Louisville, Kentucky. In the world of vintage guitars, there’s Jimmy Brown’s Guitar Emporium. Guitarist Jimmy Raney and his son, Doug, have kept the jazz world on its ear for decades. The Louisville Slugger (both the bat manufacturer and Muhammed Ali) could both lay claim to the original “Big […]

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Dan Armstrong Design

The Pinnacle of Modern Design
 

This installment will focus on the famous Dan Armstrong line of guitars and basses. These instruments were introduced to the market in 1960 as the “Dan Armstrong See Through” Guitar and Bass. This line of instruments was distributed through the Ampeg Company, located in Linden, New Jersey. Production lasted only into 1971. As we have […]

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