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Monthly Archives: March 2005

Larry Coryell – Tricycles


Anyone remember when Larry Coryell was one of the youngbloods of jazz guitar? Sheesh, I must be getting a bit “advanced” in age, eh? Through the years, there’s never been a doubt in my mind that Larry’s chops were as strong as anyone’s. There were times when I couldn’t follow, though, usually because the tunes […]

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John Cipollina – Electric Guitarslinger

Electric Guitarslinger

John Cipollina was probably best-known as the lead guitarist for the Quicksilver Messenger Service. He was also a seminal figure in the San Francisco music scene. He died in 1989 at the age of 45. This video, produced by his sister, Antonia, and manager Steve Keyser, is a tribute to his musical talents and warm […]

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Various Artists – Concert For George

Concert For George

On November 29, 2002, a year to the day after George Harrison’s death, an all-star cast took the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall to celebrate the music of the ex-Beatle and distinguished solo artist. Documenting the concert are a double-disc DVD set, a two-disc CD package, and a movie in theatrical release. The DVD […]

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Steely Dan – Everything Must Go

Everything Must Go

Since I was a youngster, sitting at home nursing a broken collarbone and listening to Can’t Buy a Thrill every afternoon, I’ve been a huge Steely Dan fan. They always were doing the new and interesting thing in pop/rock. Even after my favorite guitarist of the ’70s, Jeff Baxter, left the band(along with everyone else), […]

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Sauce Boss – Sky Blues

Sky Blues

Bill Wharton, for those of you not familiar, is the Sauce Boss. He is the Sauce Boss because he cooks for his audience. Not just on guitar… he literally cooks. He prepares food for them. Yes, it’s a nice hook, but guess what? The music stands on its own, with or without the food. Wharton […]

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Jerry Krahn – No Wires Attached

No Wires Attached

Chances are you haven’t heard of Jerry Krahn. He’s from Milwaukee, but has spent the past 12 years in Nashville. He’s worked with bands like the Titan Hot Seven, the Time Jumpers, and various jazz combos. He even plays banjo with Dixieland bands in the area. In his spare time, he makes great records like […]

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Santana – Moonflower


I was never able to latch on to Carlos Santana’s excursions into jazz in the early/mid-’70s. Sure, there was always something to like in his playing, but I preferred when he mixed the jazz with rock, soul, pop, and Latin rhythms. So I was very taken with Moonflower when it came out back in ’77. […]

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Mike Barfield – Living Stereo

Living Stereo

This might come as a surprise to those familiar with the singer from his days with the countrified Hollisters. Barfield downplays the country and plays up the southern soul vein, with great originals and a cover of Tyrone Davis’s “Can I Change My Mind.” What might surprise guitarists, though, is the funky sounds coming from […]

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The Del McCoury Band – It’s Just the Night

It's Just the Night

Del McCoury and his boys have risen to the top of bluegrass music by championing and epitomizing a traditional approach that makes the best use of their talents. Their sound is built around Del McCoury’s instantly identifiable and uniquely backwoods-flavored vocal twang. Combined with the instrumental prowess of his sons Ronnie on mandolin and Robbie […]

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Albert Lee – Heartbreak Hill

Heartbreak Hill

Being an Albert Lee fan can be as frustrating as it is rewarding. Because, even though he’s invariably busy, touring behind somebody or playing on someone’s record, his jam-packed schedule doesn’t allow much time for him to pursue his own solo career. His self-titled 1982 album (produced by Rodney Crowell) is a classic, and his […]

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