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music: guitarist Steve Howe ignored

How can Steve Howe not be on the December 2010 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Guitarists list? He was winning guitarist of the year polls throughout the 70s!! Even if you ignore his skills on classical, fingerpicking, flamenco, pedal steel, and … Continue reading

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music: Jeff Beck grinds cats

I watched Jeff Beck: Performing this Week… Live at Ronnie Scott’s, and I’m hugely impressed but not quite thrilled. The man doesn’t play guitar, he plays Stratocaster; the whammy bar and volume knob are integral to his right hand technique … Continue reading

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music: Quincy Jones on respecting musical styles

I borrowed Q on Producing from the library. As the pretentious banner “THE QUINCY JONES LEGACY SERIES” across the top hints, it’s terrible, sycophantic hagiography woefully short on details of actual music production. But there are a few nice quotes. … Continue reading

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music: Little Feat’s Waiting for Columbus

I had this live double album and sold it because I wasn’t that big a fan. But I heard a friend’s copy and had to buy it again. “All That You Dream” has one of the greatest intros ever (video … Continue reading

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music: Led Zeppelin, conscious bloat versus generosity

This funny moment-by-moment review of a single Led Zeppelin song in concert nails the problem people have with them: “conscious bloat”. But one man’s bloat is another’s inspired riffing. You could just as well label all dance music = mindless repetition, … Continue reading

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