Monday, January 09, 2012

More Golden FIngers And Fun On The Frets For January 2012

My guess is, in the immortal words of John Lennon, these guys have "blisters on their fingers", although more discreetly than he did.

While the legendary Django Reinhardt, by all accounts, loathed playing the electric guitar during his 1946 performances with The Duke Ellington Orchestra, I've always wondered how those gigs sounded. As it turns out, the recordings from them have circulated, and are available, due to the wonder of YouTube. The answer to that question is. . . "gadzooks - this is indescribably wonderful", as well as signature Django.

Listen and learn.


Steven Hartley said...

You've got a great background knowledge on these underrated guitarists - they're great. Too bad that today's music culture is just unique - in a bad way.

Paul F. Etcheverry said...

Today's music culture is corporate and does not want young people thinking for themselves or seeking out the good stuff. In the 1980's, the focus became sales and marketing first, then music.

While the great 1950's and 1960's recording artists - Satchmo, Sinatra, Bobby Darin, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, etc. - certainly wanted to top the charts, sell as many records and concert tickets as they possibly could, but - without a doubt - the music came first.