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Jeff Beck Performing This Week: Live at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club - A DVD Review

Back last year I was lucky enough to be able to review the latest live offering from one of my most favorite guitarists: Jeff Beck. The album, Performing This Week Live at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club really caused a stir as a pretty incredible listen, a great showcase of the talents of Beck and his latest band, and a great addition to the Jeff Beck catalog, which has been somewhat lacking in live recordings.

Rock and Roll Feature: Beck's Modern Guilt

This is the twenty-sixth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

A Brief Tribute to the Raw Blues of Junior Kimbrough

Recently, I was inspired to take a look at a slightly lesser known blues man by the name of Junior Kimbrough. Inspiration came in the form of a one-two punch; the music of a more modern band and an email contribution from a reader. Combine together with some good timing (I just happened to be listening to this "more modern band" when I read said email contribution) and we have inspiration for a small tribute to a somewhat under appreciated blues master.

Jeff Beck Performing This Week: Live at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club - A CD Review

When it comes to guitar legends, few can measure up to Jeff Beck. Going all the way back to his days with the Yardbirds, Beck has continually infused new life into electric guitar, pushing the boundaries into jazz fusion and forging his own unique technique and style. I've been a fan of Jeff Beck pretty much from the first time I heard him play. He has a way of touching a note and sculpting it in a way that is completely unexpected and can take a simple phrase and wrench more emotion out of it than just about any player I've ever seen.

Cream Live on the Glen Campbell Show 1968

Sometimes it's amazing how the arrangement of a song can completely change the feel... or even something as small as the guitar timbre. Maybe this is why guitarists spend so much time searching for their perfect guitar tone; to create that perfect mood for the song. Changes to that tone though, or to the arrangement of a song, does not always have to produce undesirable results. In many cases, if the song is strong and the musicians talented, the song can morph into something new that stands on it's own, just as well as the original.

David Honeyboy Edwards Incredible Solo Blues and the Blue Shoe Project

It's time for me to get back into the blues again. Been listening to a lot of old blues classics recently, people like Robert Johnson, Son House, Blind Lemon Jefferson and one of the few remaining links to that era... Mr. "Honeyboy" Edwards. As it usually does, my renewed interest in the blues has lead me to search the internet and and see what new things I can find. This time I not only found a few great videos of David "Honeyboy" Edwards playing some incredible solo blues, but an interesting organization called the Blue Shoe Project.

The Soul of Rock and Roll Mourns the Passing of Bo Diddley

Yesterday was a truly sad day for rock and roll as one of it's original founding members passed away. Bo Diddley died yesterday of heart failure after months of ill health at the age of 79, and so I thought I would take today to mourn his passing, offer condolences to his family and friends, and more than anything celebrate his music, and lasting contributions to rock and roll.

Traffic Live in 1972 to Celebrate Steve Winwood Turning 60

It's hard to imagine that back in the early 60s with the Spencer Davis Group that Steve Winwood was a mere 15. It was only 4 years later that he would put together the band Traffic, one of the first bands to delve into jazz fusion. I first came to know about Steve Winwood through his work in Blind Faith with Eric Clapton, but it didn't take me too long to check out Traffic and the rest of his catalog. Although some people might be more familiar with his solo work in the 80s, I always though that Winwood was at his best with Clapton and Traffic.

The Hook Plays the Blues Live: The Mastery of John Lee Hooker

I don't think anyone can really debate that blues is where rock and roll all began. Which artists had the most impact on early rock and especially classic rock can be debated to the ends of the earth with supporters of various artists all having valid points and defending their idols to the death. I tend to stay out of these kinds of discussions, but if I was going to pick a blues artist who impact is most felt in rock and roll, John Lee Hooker would certainly be in the running.

Beck: Blues Singer in Disguise

I glanced through my past posts and was shocked and appalled (not really) that I had yet to do a post on Beck. I covered Jeff Beck's guitar work, albeit briefly, but not the intriguing blend of styles from the man who just goes by Beck. I've been listening to a fair amount of his music recently anyways, and so it seemed time to at the very least touch on his work and in particular, one of the reasons I like it.

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