• Videos related to "free guitar"

    Set 30 2007, 11:56 di lutenist

    I found some interesting videos from guitar players related to free guitar. The visual impression seems important to me because of the different "treatments" of the guitars and the special concentration of the artist accompanying the act of free improvisation.

    In the first post I will include only solo performances.

    The first one should be - of course - Derek Bailey:

    Fred Frith:

    Eugene Chadbourne
    (" A direct threat to the american way of life" Ronald Reagan)

    Keith Rowe - The " Tabletop Guitarist"

    Otomo Yoshihide

    Robert Fripp "Frippertronics"

    Oren Ambarchi

    Greg Malcolm

    Manuel Mota

    Luca Formentini - fretless

    Tetuzi Akiyama

    Mark Stewart -" Ubiongi"

    Bradford Reed - "Pencillina"


    Arthur Henry Fork

    And last but not least:

    Jimi Hendrix - the starting point for me - and many others...

    Enjoy and feel free to add the stuff you like !

    Derek BaileyFred FrithKeith RoweEugene ChadbourneOtomo YoshihideTetuzi AkiyamaFenneszOren AmbarchiLuca FormentiniOren AmbarchiBradford ReedArthur Henry ForkMark StewartRobert FrippJimi Hendrix
  • Trio Innovation

    Set 5 2007, 10:52 di Rapscallion87

    Fri 24 Aug – Avishai Cohen

    Avishai Cohen
    Ronnie Scott's, London
    Friday August 24, 2007

    This was the first time I’d visited London’s legendary jazz venue since its recent swanky refurbishment; still dimly lit, but with a classier kind of ambience, Ronnie’s barely allows punters to appreciate the photos of great jazz musicians adorning every wall.

    One man well on the way to joining this still illustrious company is Avishai Cohen. The Israeli bassist, with his acoustic trio of Shai Maestro (piano) and Mark Giuliana (drums), is seriously pushing the boundaries of creativity in the jazz medium. One for Mark featured a forceful opening riff followed by fluid, undulating piano passages and a variety of innovative techniques from Cohen. Throughout the night he approached the bass from many different angles, both physically and technically, including frequent use of percussive strikes to the shoulders of the instrument.

    There was not a standard to be heard; Cohen even announced they were “trying new stuff” and sometimes “didn’t know what was going to happen.” To a certain extent, unpredictability is always the case in jazz, but on this evening it was true to a greater degree than normal. Drummer Giuliana played with an uncommon minute sensitivity, carefully listening to the others and edging them along with delicate variations on the beat. 20-year-old Maestro was given the somewhat monotonous role of vamping set chords for most of the night, but he avoided repetition and possesses a natural gift for elegant phrasing.

    Such a restricted role is a sacrifice the pianist has to make in this new conception of the jazz trio, in which no instrument takes the lead for a sustained period. Although—as expected—Cohen did have a few notable moments in the spotlight, the music was more about exploring group interplay than focusing on any individual. The audience was taken through a neverending passage of hypnotic changes, with what seemed to be bright, airy compositions shifting to dark, intensive jams within the space of a few short moments.

    Published @ allaboutjazz, 5/9/2007 - click here for original.
  • Multi-directional Masterclass

    Lug 30 2007, 0:03 di Rapscallion87

    Sat 21 Jul – Rashied Ali

    Rashied Ali Quintet
    Pizza on the Park, London
    Saturday July 21, 2007

    "True legend" in jazz circles is a frequently-used cliche. This time it's true. Rashied Ali is the man who pioneered an approach to drumming which threw out the traditional idea of the drummer as human metronome. His work with John Coltrane in the great saxophonist's final years is a high point of avant-garde creativity. It was Coltrane who coined the term "multi-directional" to describe Ali's loose, free style of rhythmic propulsion.

    His current touring quintet with Greg Murphy (piano), Joris Teepe (bass), Josh Evans (trumpet) and Lawrence Clark (tenor saxophone) is playing a style which combines modern post-bop with Ali's trademark free jazz. During two hours at Pizza Express they performed only six tunes, averaging 20-30 minutes in length.

    Every band member was given space for long improvisations on Jaco Pastorius's composition "Dania", which kicked off the night. Ali's revolutionary technique was evident from the start as he strayed in and out of timekeeping with an emphasis
    on snare drum usage. Second on the bill was the Thelonious Monk classic "'Round Midnight" and the set ended with the ominous, fanfare-like melody of Coltrane's "Liberia". This was the first point at which the bass and piano dropped out, leaving Ali alone with Clark on saxophone. It was almost like two simultaneous solos, highly reminiscent of Coltrane's final studio album Interstellar Space which is a series of duets with Ali. The diners didn't know what had hit them; Saturday night in Knightsbridge is usually more genteel. It was a fitting tribute to 'Trane, with this concert coming days after the 40th anniversary of his death.

    The second set featured two more standards and ended with "If only I had a Gig", the band's take on songs from The Wizard of Oz. There were further moments of
    sax-drums duelling, bassist Teepe produced one of the most melodic solos of the evening, playing on his own for several minutes, and Evans on trumpet also
    impressed with screamingly passionate lines.

    Rashied Ali may be nearly 70, but his creative instincts continue to develop. His work with this young lineup constantly throws up new challenges and his solos burst with complexity. Hopefully this will carry on for some years to come.
  • To all guitar lovers: this is gypsy stuff

    Mag 10 2007, 13:48 di Dognauxp

    I recently discovered Romane as I was starting to get into jazz guitar. This album is a perfect mix of jazz standards (like Nature Boy) and vituosity by Romane and Stochelo Rosenberg. It is very different than the usual Django music. And I mean: it is not obviously French. Not that this would be a bad thing, but it has a wider touch and an incredible good sound. Check this out if you love jazz guitar.
  • The genius of Bill Frisell

    Apr 23 2007, 1:23 di deanchristesen

    A while after I started listening to Bill Frisell's album Have a Little Faith, I realized that the first 7 tracks or so looked and sounded familiar. While it is no secret where they from, it took me much too long to realize that it is Aaron Copland's Billy the Kid ballet suite. While Copland obviously wrote for a full symphony orchestra, Frisell's adaptation of the suite is arranged for guitar (Frisell), bass (Kermit Driscoll), drums (Joey Baron), accordion (Guy Klucevsek), and clarinet (Don Byron).

    Frisell's arrangement and the end result is stunning. I urge you to check out a version of Copland's Billy The Kid and listen to it, alternating movement by movement from Copland to Frisell's versions. I checked out the original score to Copland's work and it was interesting to see what Frisell took liberties on. The first movement, The Open Prairie, is performed almost exactly as written. You can follow along with the score while listening to Frisell's version, although of course some parts had to be dropped due to lack of instrumentation. It does not sound lacking, however. Every musician in the quintet clearly knows everything that is happening, and the listener gets the feeling that everything from the original is being covered, even though it would be impossible for 5 musicians to cover the music of an entire orchestra.

    I did more research to see if Frisell has done anything similar.

    There was a silent film actor and director who gained popularity in the 1920s named Buster Keaton. His films drew heavily from vaudeville, and the comedy relied much on slap-stick humor, as well as hilarious plots, villains, and the classic chase. In 1994, Bill Frisell composed music for three of these films: One Week, The High Sign, and Go West (the first two are about 20 minutes in duration, the last is 69 minutes).

    Checking out these films and these albums was incredibly inspiring. Frisell completely recreates the film with his compositions. The music is typical Frisell mixed with vaudeville. Each slap, car crash, and everything you can think of is covered in Joey Baron's drumming. Every mood change, love scene, and villian chase is perfectly captured in Frisell's compositions.

    Syncing the film together with the music was a slight complication, some of the time. I would have to do more research to figure out why, but it seems that when the trio performed this live with the movie being projected behind them, they used a different version, or an edited version, of the film than the one I used. Every couple of minutes, I would have to recalibrate the music or the movie. I would only know because there would be a really obvious part in the music that was seconds ahead or behind of what it clearly should have corresponded with in the film.

    I recommend trying this for yourself. The end result is extremely entertaining and very enlightening. It is fascinating to see two artistic mediums from two completely different time periods completely melded into one new result.
  • Musical Survey

    Feb 7 2007, 2:23 di GodlyMoose

    1. What are you listening to right now?
    "Universal Mind" by Liquid Tension Experiment.

    2. What song makes you sad?
    "Sketches of Spain" by Buckethead

    3. What is the most annoying song in the world?
    Sugar We're Goin' Down by Fallout Boy

    4. Your all time favorite band?
    Band? Liquid Tension Experiment. Artist? Steve Vai.

    5. Your newly discovered band is?

    6. Best female voice?
    Um, Salena? Sorry, can't think of any at the moment really.

    7. Best male voice?
    Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden.

    8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?
    Jazz, Fusion, Progressive, Metal(Of all genres), Classical, Baroque, Experimental, Instrumental, Shred.

    9. What do you listen to, to hype you up?
    Daft Punk

    10. What do you listen to when you want to calm down?
    Depends what type of music I want to listen too, in general the album, "Electric Tears" by Buckethead, or lots of the slower tempo stuff by Vai.

    11. Last gig/concert you went to?
    Primus last December

    12. Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?
    Necrophagist, Guthrie Govan, and Muse.

    13. Most hated band?
    Umm... Cradle of Filth or Insane Clown Posse.

    14. Song that makes you think?
    Gray Pianos Flying by Shawn Lane.

    15. Band that you think the world should love as much as you do?
    Guthrie Govan.

    16. Coolest music video?
    Um, Ballad of Buckethead not really sure.

    17. Music video with the most babe watch?

    18. What do you play/would you play in the bedroom to spice things up?
    Um, Welcome to funky town?

    19. Can you play a musical instrument?
    The electric guitar, the acoustic guitar. Soon hoping to add the classical guitar, the bass guitar, any other type of bass instrument, and all forms of the piano.

    20. Ever been in a mosh pit?
    I don't think so.

    21. Are you in a band?
    I'm trying to get good enough, and learn more music theory to play in a band.

    23. Ever dated a musician?

    28. Do you wish yourself that you were a musician?
    lol I think I is?

    29. Best chick band you know of?
    Um, can't think of anything of the top of my head.

    31. Last song that you heard on the radio/cd...etc...?
    Cd. "Smoke and Mirrors" by Symphony X.

    32. What do you think of Classical music?
    I love it.

    33. What do you think of Country music?
    I like some of it.

    34. What do you think of Death metal?
    I like it.

    35. Last BIG band that you saw live?

    36. Are you a groupie?

    37. Do you listen to music in foreign languages?

    38. What famous musician would you like to fuck!?

    39. Worst concert moment?
    Some crowd surfer land on top of my head, and bent my neck at a weird angle.

    40. Funny concert moment?
    A guy who flipped off the opening band for Buckethead, and held it up for around 2 hours.

    41. Sad concert moment?
    Both of my friends being pulled out by security for being drunk, then one of them getting arrested. :(

    42. Best local act you can think of?
    None I believe.

    43. If you were a musical instrument what would you be?
    An electric guitar.

    44. Do you listen to the radio?
    Just the morning talk show on the rock station.

    45. Do you watch music TV?

    46. Do you follow the music charts, like the top 40?

    47. Have you meet any famous musicians?
    Um, I forget.

    48. Are any of your friends/family/etc. musicians?
    I'm related through an incredible long chain of family members to both the drummer of Slayer, and Carlos Santana.

    49. Song that best describes your feelings right now?
    "Guitars SUCK," by Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal

    50. Song that describes your life?

    51. Do you know the names of all the band members that you listen to?
    About 80% of them.

    52. Does a musician’s physical attractiveness play a role in the music that you listen to?
    Nope, ti's all about the music.

    53. What famous musician do you want to marry?

    53. Favourite movie sound track?
    Probably Lord of the Rings.

    55. Any musician pet hates?

    56. What do your parents listen to?
    Mom listens to spanish speaking stuff. My dad listens to metal and jazz. Step-dad listens to nu-metal, rap, some classical rock, other stuff.

    57. What are you listening to right NOW?
    The Mighty Ride of the Firelord by Rhapsody

    58. Do you wear band etc T-shirts?

    59. What do you think of people who do?
    Thumbs up for supporting something they like.

    60. What music sub-culture do you feel like you belong to?
    Um, shred-head?

    61. What song is stuck in your head right now?
    A song I wrote on the acoustic last week.

    62. Do you sing in the shower?
    I sure do.

    63. If so, what? If not, why not?
    Usually opera-eqsue stuff, because it's fun! =p

    64. Would you rather marry a musician or be one yourself?

    66. How important is your partners taste in music to you?
    It would be awesome if we liked a lot of the same things.

    67. Hanson moves in next door to you, do you go introduce yourself, or do you arrange to beat them up?
    Introduce myself. I liked the, "Mmmbop" song when I was in some grade in primary school.

    68. Sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll, yes?

    69. Do you cook to music?
    Of course. I try to do everything to music.

    70. Do you sing in the toilet?
    If I have my iPod.