I love talking about records. I’m always on the hunt for new records and guitarists that inspire me. I want to hear what’s been playing on your record player, odds are your IPod.
I love how this guy plays the melody. That little 1/2 step bend he does in the melody adds a nice flair. Makes the big toe want to curl up. It is amazing the sick players that are just sitting and jamming in their room.
I have some records I will have to share with you when you come out to NC. It is an old record collection that Time/Life did. It is called the Swing Era collection. I believe it is, I believe 6 groups of records with 4 records in each group. Each group is a certain period of time in the swing era. Example you have the pre-swing era with all the black bands that started the movement, then 20’s-30’s, 30′-35’etc. Some killer stuff on it. My dad borrowed a few of them so I will have to get them before you come out.
I have been spending a lot of time with Charlie Christian lately, and really trying to internalize his approach. Check out the lick in the second half of the bridge (starts at 1:21). It anticipates the F chord with a chromatic run that starts on the 3rd of Ab and goes to the 9 of F. The lick continues through the rest of the bridge, and if I have it right he throws a raised 5 in there over the Bb (V chord). A great II-V run.
Man, lookin forward to it. I’ve been on the look out for some arv garrison. My buddy Dan Whitehead in Australia made me a copy of the Swing to Bop Guitars. Guitars in flight 39-47. TK talked about it in his blog, killer record. Their is a couple Barnes tunes I’ve never heard.
Love the posts of ‘Topsy’! Here’s a youtube link to Charlie Christian recorded in 1941 by a fan in a Harlem club, Minton’s:
The great NYC players gathered there late following their downtown gigs in order to party and jam. There was some kind of understanding by which they would not be penalized by the players’ union for jamming at that particular club. Otherwise, public jamming was apparently a finable offense in the union’s eyes. The tune is ‘Swing to Bop’, which I believe is essentially ‘Topsy’. The recording comes in midstream. Charlie goes on chorus after chorus…
If you like that live CC at Minton’s, you should check out the record from which that recording comes. Live at Minton’s with Dizzy, or something like that. Lot’s of great stuff on that record.
Mary Osborne is one of my favorites of the Charlie Christian style, and of the era, players. Her album “A Girl and Her Guitar” is very good. A lot to be learned on her albums. A lot of people get hooked on her once they hear her. Just ask Tommy.
I don’t have much L.C. Mckinley, but I need more. http://youtu.be/RitfWvmsa_U
I have not heard of L.C. McKinley. How did you come across him? I will have to do some digging now. Thanks a lot!
I sold a bunch of CDs that I didn’t need anymore a few weeks ago and now I have a some credit at my local music store. I can use it on special orders, and they should be able to get me almost anything. Any suggestions?
LOL! Wow where do we start
definitely hear the Django, quotes. Especially in the bends. I love the way they sound, I think I found a good spring board You are so right, their are so many great guitar players everywhere.
There’s so much great stuff out there. My collection includes a lot of vinyl + MP3s galore. Lately I’ve been studying and teaching lessons on the guitarists who played behind Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson. As a teenager, I got a hold of two vinyl LPs from the Chess Master Series on both these guys. Every time I listen to this stuff I hear something new – some subtle lick or chord idea that I hadn’t noticed. I also have the Howlin’ Wolf Chess LP from the same series with Hubert Sumlin on most of the cuts – more incredible guitar. The JB Lenoir, Jimmy Rogers, Lowell Fulson, and Little Milton LPS are also full of great blues guitar ideas for those of you who like the old school stuff. These are still out there on E-Bay — selling for around $30 each on average. I managed to pick up the Lowell Fulson and JB LEnoir LPS for around $15 each.
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