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From Bob Lefsetz email...

 

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It's funny, but for the last few nights Jimmy Herring and I (well,

most of the band actually) have been wearing out a dvd a friend

passed along of Jeff Beck's performance at Clapton's '07 Crossroads

festival. And when I say wearing it out I mean it! We watch it every

night, wishing that we had more footage of the man.

 

I have never passed up an opportunity to see Jeff Beck and I have

seen him with a few different bands. His incredibly emotive playing

always manages to get it's SOUL around the sound of the different

musicians sharing the stage. Because Beck has matured to the point

where he is talking with his guitar. Without even thinking about WHAT

to play pure thought seems to ring out of that Strat: beauty,

sadness, humor, and even primitive grunts and squonks are all part of

his vocabulary.

 

And we are amazed....some of the rocking tunes have been part of our

musical lives: Led Boots, Blue Wind, Freeway Jam...but it's the newer

ones that really get us: Nadia, Angel Footsteps, Big Block, Behind

The Veil, and like you mentioned, his emotional rendering of A Day In

The Life. Heck, last time I saw him live he encored with a duet

version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow and it damn near made me cry.

 

But the real reason I felt the need to respond to your blog was

because of a point you often bring up: when you really FEEL what a

musician is trying to say you feel compelled to tell EVERYBODY you

know about it. Even if it is something as wonderfully simple as

rediscovering an old flame like Jeff Beck.

 

My point being that last Sunday we played at The All Good Festival in

West Virginia and there we were, asking EVERYBODY we saw if they had

heard Jeff Beck lately. And if they hadn't we told them that they

damn sure needed to! Oh to have been a fly on the wall when Jimmy

Herring asked Derek Trucks if he had heard Jeff Beck lately. I mean

these are two of the greatest and most expressive modern day

guitarists talking about how NO ONE has the range of expression that

Beck does.

 

So it was really pretty funny when your email blast came through late

Sunday night. Sometimes things just happen at the right time.

 

TRUTHfully,

 

Dave Schools

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From Bob Lefsetz email...


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It's funny, but for the last few nights Jimmy Herring and I (well,

most of the band actually) have been wearing out a dvd a friend

passed along of Jeff Beck's performance at Clapton's '07 Crossroads

festival. And when I say wearing it out I mean it! We watch it every

night, wishing that we had more footage of the man.


I have never passed up an opportunity to see Jeff Beck and I have

seen him with a few different bands. His incredibly emotive playing

always manages to get it's SOUL around the sound of the different

musicians sharing the stage. Because Beck has matured to the point

where he is talking with his guitar. Without even thinking about WHAT

to play pure thought seems to ring out of that Strat: beauty,

sadness, humor, and even primitive grunts and squonks are all part of

his vocabulary.


And we are amazed....some of the rocking tunes have been part of our

musical lives: Led Boots, Blue Wind, Freeway Jam...but it's the newer

ones that really get us: Nadia, Angel Footsteps, Big Block, Behind

The Veil, and like you mentioned, his emotional rendering of A Day In

The Life. Heck, last time I saw him live he encored with a duet

version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow and it damn near made me cry.


But the real reason I felt the need to respond to your blog was

because of a point you often bring up: when you really FEEL what a

musician is trying to say you feel compelled to tell EVERYBODY you

know about it. Even if it is something as wonderfully simple as

rediscovering an old flame like Jeff Beck.


My point being that last Sunday we played at The All Good Festival in

West Virginia and there we were, asking EVERYBODY we saw if they had

heard Jeff Beck lately. And if they hadn't we told them that they

damn sure needed to! Oh to have been a fly on the wall when Jimmy

Herring asked Derek Trucks if he had heard Jeff Beck lately. I mean

these are two of the greatest and most expressive modern day

guitarists talking about how NO ONE has the range of expression that

Beck does.


So it was really pretty funny when your email blast came through late

Sunday night. Sometimes things just happen at the right time.


TRUTHfully,


Dave Schools

 

 

Thanks, Great post.

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the funny thing for me is, when I think of soul or emotive playing Jeff Beck is way down on the list.


he's incredible technically but just don't do nuttin fo me.

 

 

I think that after twelve thousand posts from you on HCFX everyone kinda understands where your coming from.

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I think that after twelve thousand posts from you on HCFX everyone kinda understands where your coming from.



sorry if it upsets you for some reason that I don't like Jeff Beck. I'd think you'd be used to it now. People have been making fun of him since the 70s. :lol:

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everyone has different tastes...


some people like cupcakes exclusively, while myself, I say there is naught nor ought there be nothing so exalted on the face of gods grey Earth as that prince of foods... the muffin!

 

 

oh yes... little Zappa/Beefheart brightens the day. I just got Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica a couple weeks ago. It's been difficult but entertaining listening.

 

Anyways, Jeff Beck is up there on my list of favorite guitarists (actually in similar company with Zappa). His style is absolutely impeccable, and Blow by Blow is still one of my favorite albums. That's really cool to hear even some of the greatest modern guitarists just marveling over Beck's playing.

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sorry if it upsets you for some reason that I don't like Jeff Beck. I'd think you'd be used to it now. People have been making fun of him since the 70s.
:lol:



Far from upset dude, and the people that have been pissing on his leg are inconsequential.

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sorry if it upsets you for some reason that I don't like Jeff Beck. I'd think you'd be used to it now. People have been making fun of him since the 70s.
:lol:



Wow, I've never heard anyone make fun of Jeff Beck. :confused:

In the 70's he was king!

People must have bad musicial taste where you live in "alpha centauri".

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Beck is the tops. was -is-and will continue to be one of the greatest living guitarists anywhere. Don't always find myself listening to Jeff's output, but he is fantastic and the crossroads footage is special. His whole band is sick, and he has always been associated with the best musicians on earth. If you disagree, please offer suggestions as to whom we should listen to instead.

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everyone has different tastes...


some people like cupcakes exclusively, while myself, I say there is naught nor ought there be nothing so exalted on the face of gods grey Earth as that prince of foods... the muffin!

 

 

 

 

That song rules, BTW.

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