Vinnie Valentino and Color Funk – Live at the Java Jazz Festival, 2005

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Joe Walsh – “Walk Away” 2007

Frank Zappa and Steve Vai, 1982

Thanks, once again, to Roy Cuckow who dug this one out. Frank Zappa is by no means outclassed here; some of his riffs definitely have a touch of the Jerry Garcia’s about them. Which reminds me, it’s about time we put some more Grateful Dead up.

New page – Space age guitars

Check out the new Gibson Robot guitar and Paul Gilbert’s latest favourites at the Space Age Guitars page – left column.

Paul Gilbert – Technical Difficulties

When Steve, Ivan and myself saw Paul Gilbert at the Joe S. London gig on May 19, the bass drum in his band was so over-amplified that those of us sitting at the front thought we might have heart attacks. No wonder Gilbert wears those huge ear plugs when he’s playing. Now then, why won’t you ever play as well as Paul? One reason is you probably don’t have such long fingers. In this video the ‘little’ finger on his right hand seems to have been borrowed from the alien in Independence Day. Amazing technical abilities on display here.

Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies – Got my Mojo Working

This features the late, great, Cyril Davies on harmonica and vocals from the 1962 Blues Incoporated Album, with Alexis Korner on amplified acoustic guitar. Dick Heckstall-Smith also played on the live album, recorded at London’s Marquee club. Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies were the real joint fathers of the British blues, John Mayall was a bit later, and this is what people who went on to form the Yardbirds, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and others were listening to.

Larry Carlton – Room 335

This is one of several versions on the web.