Dl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11443 posts, RR: 78 Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2205 times:
Well, Happy Birthday to him, but do you really think he is better than Ingwe, or Eddie Van Halen? What about Tal Farlow (jazz) or Santana? I think Brendan O'Brien is better, and can play other instruments (catch him touring out on your coast).
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39455 posts, RR: 76 Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2197 times:
do you really think he is better than:
Ingwe - yes
Eddie Van Halen - yes
Tal Farlow - close
Carlos Santana - most definatley yes!
All the above are great but are shreaders and that's cool too. RUSH being a ower trio have more roles to full. Alex does amazing melodies, rythms and of couse solos. I like th eentire piece that him, Geddy and Neil can assymble.
I have an album by Alcatraz (Ingwe's group) and my gosh, the vocals, bass and drums are awful. It's him shredding on top of what could be a karoake machine.
Dl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11443 posts, RR: 78 Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2195 times:
I know they can shred, but they can all also play complex pieces and do them well. The deft touch that is called for on some pieces, is not on others and maybe that is what you remember about guys like Van Halen, or Betts, or even Van Zandt. I saw Van Halen play a classical piece on the fret board of his Stratocaster.
I also know that you are a fan, so I'm just gonna agree with you that the guy is really good, and keep pointing out that the great guitarists are guys who pushed the envelope and developed new ways to make their instruments work. Chuck Berry, for instance. How much was built on what he did?
Dl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11443 posts, RR: 78 Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2191 times:
Superfly,,,prepare to be jealous....I saw him at his place in St. Louis, by accident. I did not know it was his place town until some guy asked if he was playing that night. He was with some cronies telling stories, and he motorvated himself onto the bandstand and started to play, and even duckwalked. That man was seventy something and wailing. It was incredible. All because I wanted a beer and some wings, and did not want to hang out with my traveling companions on the Hill at some Italian place.
My cousin just saw him in Vienne at the Jazz Festival a couple of months ago and she said he looked good. He is the man!
Oh, since you know Farlow, my Dad played trumpet on a bunch of stuff where Tal Farlow was strumming in the late 40s early 50s. He got to do sessions with Duke Ellington and Coltrane. On a trip to NYC as a kid my Dad took us to an Italian place with a lounge for supper one night and heard the music coming from group in the lounge and announced that only one guy could play the jazz guitar like that, but he was dead. He went looking and found Farlow playing. He introduced us to the guy in the Village back in the 70's...he ended up being a school teacher in New Jersey and playing for fun in clubs with a bassist and drummer. I listened to their stories until late that night, and realized that my Dad was, in his day, a pretty cool guy. Not bad for a straight laced conservative southern white dude, huh?
Mr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2786 posts, RR: 9 Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2175 times:
Hands down .........Jimi Page (Led Zeppelin), for the World's Greatest Guitarist. IMO....
A few more ....
>>>>>>>>> Jimi Hendrix ....... Himself!!!
>>>>>>>Mick Taylor ....... The Rolling Stones.
>>>>Carlos Santana ....... Santana.
>>>Neil Young. Himself!!!
I was lucky enough to see Stevie Ray Vaughn when he opened for Robert Plant (from Led Zeppelin) at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens back in the late 1980's (I can't remember the exact date - wow - I wonder why? )
PS.....Remember Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath? There's some "Top Notch" guitar work by those bands.
There's just to many to mention. I was born in 1966, so I have been exposed to the best!!!!!!!!!