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Old 03-02-2015, 10:09 AM   #61
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He came to our fraternity after the concert, and played w'Paul Desmond using the piano in our party room basement. Very memorable... freestyle fun...
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Thanks for bumping the memory!
Wow, Brubeck & Desmond playing up close and personal, I am jealous! I feel fortunate to have just chatted with him after the show, and of course those autographs are extra special now that he has passed.

In the process of searching out a few of the performers that are listed, I came across this post from a Chicago area guy, listing the concerts he attended. There are more I've forgotten about (and a couple more that I honestly can't recall if I saw, or just planned to see....)

Artists and Bands Seen Live (A Work in Progress) - Rate Your Music


So here's an awesome violin icon of the jazz world, I feel terrible for forgetting this one - Stéphane Grappelli. Stéphane was incredible, but we also were just blown away by his guitar player at the time, so much that we remembered his name - Martin Taylor. It was the first time we heard anyone do blistering fast, powerful runs on acoustic guitar (like I'd hear John McLaughlin do some years later). Many years later, we saw Dave Grisman (I listed him earlier), and Martin Taylor was with him! We remembered the name, caught him at intermission, and mentioned we remembered him from the Stéphane Grapelli show many years prior, and we had a nice chat.

Here's a nice video of the two that I'm listening to as I type:



Some more memories that list tickled:

Harvey Mandel (first time I saw hammered-tapping guitar up close, I think he called it 'inside-out' guitar playing - ahhh, wiki says he was one of the first to use this technique!).

Bryan Bowers - master auto-harp player I mentioned in another thread.

Jim Post - a folkie that I saw often in the days of Steve Goodman, etc. He is actually a one-hit wonder "Reach Out in the Darkness" as 'Friend & Lover' with his ex-wife, I was in 8th grade then, but I'd see him performing in the clubs ~ 7 years later . He still performs, doing musical stories, and is a great talent. That 'hit' had a pretty funky bass line for the time (and now for that matter):



Saw the BoDeans recently when out of town guests visited, they were pretty good. Saw John Mayall in a small theater a few years back - it was cool to see him, but he really wasn't all that great - but worth the experience.

Ramsey Lewis (he was doing a lot of electronic keyboards at the time, late 70's?) and Duke Tumatoe and the All-Star Frogs (yes, that's the 'correct' spelling).

Another iconic addition: Odetta! And another, Yehudi Menuhin, playing a classical concert - I think I forgot that he also recorded with two I mentioned earlier, Grapelli, and Ravi Shankar - interesting circular references among all these names.

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Old 03-02-2015, 10:16 AM   #62
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Been to many concerts in my life. My first was Def Leppard/ZZ Top when I was 7. Best concerts I ever went to was The Clash and Depeche Mode. When I lived in Maine I saw; Ronnie James Dio, Natalie Merchant and Tracy Chapman at a small bar/club when they were trying out new material - just showed up and did 3 or 4 songs, those were also very good.
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Old 03-02-2015, 10:22 AM   #63
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I agree that TSO can be rather dramatic but we like the rock Christmas music. ...
OK, thanks for not being mad at me. It's all subjective, and that was just one that was so polarizing as to whether people like it or not, it's just kind of funny in a way, and I couldn't help reliving the experience and that hilarious (to me) review.

Enjoy the next TSO concert!

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OK, found an example of Harvey Mandel (with Canned Heat) doing his two-handed tapping:



Start at 23:20 to set the tone for the tapping at 23:40 (the link should take you to 23:20, but doesn't always seem to work).


Imagine hearing that in the mid 70's. Mind blowing (unless maybe you had seen Hendrix).

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Many of the old classic rock acts should FIRE, though I suspect many have drank/snorted at too high a SWR, and are touring because of the money.
Another thing I've seen recently is pulling some oldie out of retirement, and a bunch of young guys touring as his band. I saw Peter Green a few years ago, and it was pathetic. I think it was called Peter Green and Friends. They basically stood him up leaning on an amp, and he played a few licks every so often, but was pretty much out of it. That was a major rip off.

There are a number of old masters that are phoning it in these days too. BB King and Dr. John are examples of artists that just show up with a good band and lend their name to the marquee. Great musicians, but way too old. I mean, Mac's 75, and BB is like 90! I haven't seen BB play with any passion since maybe in the '80s. I admire the fact that they're still out there, but I hope it's because the like the lifestyle, not because they need the money.
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What concerts have you been to?
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What concerts have you been to?

This is not really a concert, but a recording session which is different but you're still watching people play.

It's mostly for HFWR, who's mentioned John Hartford a few times. During a session break, I was talking with him about what types of music we were currently listening to.

I found a little piece of personalized notepaper I took back with his personal header printed along the top. His name and a riverboat.

The handwriting on the paper was mine and there were two things written: a reminder to myself to send a tape I'd recorded as an audience member at a show, and then a band he thought I should check out as I might like them.

The band was "Flim and the BB's", who I'd never heard of. Hartford nailed it in the context of what I was listening to at the time.
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The band was "Flim and the BB's", who I'd never heard of. Hartford nailed it in the context of what I was listening to at the time.
Cool, I'm pretty sure I added John Hartford to my list along the way here. He was great, and I've seen some documentaries later, he really was super knowledgeable about American music. Must have been something to be able to chat with him.

A friend was a "Flim and the BB's" fan, I recall listening to the CDs a time or two. Bright, pop-jazz, IIRC, pretty cool, might seem dated now?

Doesn't seem like something right up Hartford's alley, but I'm sure he had a wide range of tastes, like many of us.

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