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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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, (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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