Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Minor musical insight: Albert rules

Just listening again, for perhaps the 500th time, to the Allman Bros. version of T-Bone's "Stormy Monday" from the seminal Live at Fillmore East. This is a record I've been listening to literally since 1976, but until this morning, 31 years later, I never noticed how much Duane's solos on slow blues (on this tune, particularly the last chorus of the last solo before the last verse) build out of Albert King's vocabulary. Though, in my youth, BB (and even Freddie) were more frequently cited as influences on the white blues players, I continue in my seniority to hear Albert in the greatest of the younger blues guys, including especially Buddy Guy, Hendrix, Stevie Ray, and now, I realize, Duane as well.

Thanks, Albert.

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Mickey said...

Well I love Albert as much as anybody and you're right about his influence on the guys you cited.

The greatest of the younger players though is Lurrie Bell.

Chris said...

Thanks for your comment, and you're right about Lurrie Bell (I was a real big Son Seals fan, too, back in the day). Was mostly thinking of those next-generation guys.

Thanks again.

Mickey said...

I remember the first time I saw Lurrie Bell. He was playing bass for Son Seals. Son Seals let him sing a song and I remember thinking that this guy was a great singer and a killer bass player. Then I found out later that he played guitar too. His guitar playing is so good it scares me.

Chris said...

Huh. Guess it's time for me to go back to Lurrie's records.