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True that, but Johnny Winter still slays them both.
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yea right.. both are great and dont need to be comparied to each other..
I agree - they're both ridiculously incredible.
But, I personally prefer Derek. Sonny no doubt has phenomenal technique and tone, but Derek's playing just has a soul that really speaks to me. He seems more "vocal" with his slide playing than Sonny does. I've seen Derek a couple times, with the Allmans and with Clapton. Both times he was, in my mind, by far the best guitarist on the stage.
I love Derek's early stuff w/ DTB too. Some really sweet jazzy/fusiony stuff. His blues/jazz/world combo is really unique.
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I agree that SL has taken his technique to a level that nobody else has ever seen before. The way he uses all of his fingers and frets behind the slide is mesmerizing, but comparing the two is apples and gumbo. They're both awesome and instantly recognizable and great fun to listen to.
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That Desdemona solo was hypnotic, and that's very very rare for me. I must admit, until today I just thought he was the same as all the other "failed-white-rock-guitarist-wanking-some-blues-scales" type of player. That was really impressive.
I really like them both - I probably prefer Derek Trucks for his musicality and experimentation - his weird Indian-inspired stuff is great.
I like Sonny Landreth's technique of fretting behind the slide - I've always liked to do this myself, but never with much success. Probably because my action isn't half an inch high like his appears to be in the above video!
I liked it. Yeah, I wouldn't weigh in on the >,< or = matter, but I would say I liked the tone of that bit by Sonny better than most anything I've heard from Derek. I know the Derek is knighted a phenomena, but I have not really clicked with his music yet.
So what's the top recommendation of a CD with Sonny?
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Well Dick, it's got a good beat, and I could dance to it, so I give it a 10!
I have opinions of my own,strong opinions but I don't always agree with them.
Sonny is great, no question. I put him up there with Brozman as far as slide playing goes, and that's saying quite a lot.
But Derek Trucks... he's just on another page, as far as I'm concerned. I don't think of him as a slide player - more as a hell of a guitarist who just happens to play slide from time to time, if that makes any sense. I can't think of very many other musicians that whose playing is such a consistent source of inspiration for me.