First, let's start with this: I've been thinking I needed to dream up something to say here. I never thought it would be anything like this.
I saw a link on Facebook today, of Eric Skye doing a solo fingerstyle arrangement of "All Blues".
Let's be clear: Miles Davis' Kind of Blue is one of my favorites, and "All Blues" is one of my favorites from Kind of Blue. Beyond that, I've been wanting to get a smaller bodied guitar because I want something less boomy and more punchy than my dreadnought.
I love it. I need to listen to the real take, not just the discussion. Plus, I need this or at least this, but that's not really actionable today. What is actionable is pulling up versions on Spotify and putting them into your queue. This included one with Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather from No Substitutions, Live in Osaka.
Ever have something rub you the wrong way? It did me, and I tweeted about it.
Listening to Larry Carton and Steve Lukather take on All Blues. I like guitars w/ gain. I like jazz. I don't like said guitars in jazz.
A justifiable position, if a throw-away position. Re-listening to the track on Spotify, I'm finding it far less objectionable. And it's a tone issue, not a playing issue. Clearly, both are top players.
Here's some Larry and Steve from YouTube, but not the same track.
This lead to a discussion with friend-of-the-blog and fellow Clarence White fan Adios Lounge (@adioslounge), basically ending with the thought that Western Swing and Redneck Jazz are great. We hold these truthes as self-evident.
That is the greatest of ease, isn't it?
But it doesn't stop there. Because, I follow Steve Lukather on Twitter, so he was able to find this conversation and reply via DM, which I won't quote because I can't link to it.
In the 20th century, you harsh on music you have problems with to your friends near you. At the turn of the century, you harsh on and discuss music you have problems with to your friends around the world. In the 21st century, the person you harsh on, a person who played on one of the first albums you ever bought, responds to you.
I love the 21st century. And I still need to find Eric Skye's take on "All Blues". No, wait....