[Slowhand] ABB/Warren Haynes/Derek Trucks
An English Boy
peter_dennis_blandford_townshend at hotmail.com
Thu Mar 16 13:12:28 EST 2006
......funny, 10 years ago, 5 years ago, even 2 years ago I couldn't get
acknowledge Waren Haynes' existence, or talents, let alone Derek, and now
they're both household names to the slowhand-digest folks.
Warren Haynes has, when not overloaded with effects, the greatest tone
emanating from his Les Paul w/Engle/Diaz combination of amps, since
the 70's...Derek is beyond imagination (and the sweetest kid you'll ever
meet) and not just a fitting "family" member and replacement for Uncle
Duane, but an even better player (by far, no little feat) than Duane dreamed
of being (if a little less versatile). As far as Derek's playing not
that spot that Clapton's does, that may be true, Clapton's solo's are more
accessible, more understandable to a non-musician's ear, where Derek
are like the Miles Davis, John Coltrane or Charlie Parker of rock/blues
guitar, not avangarde, not spaced or overly freeform, but more musically
intellecutal, more adventurous, less pop.
Warren and Derek are without a doubt the best guitar combination that
the ABB have ever had...see 'em live and you'll ever be changed for the
better...they are better than in their hey-day @ Fillmore East. If anything
is missing from back in the day, it's Berry Oakley's bass groove which
has never been duplicated for its depth and feel.
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>I went to Monday's show at the Beacon and the first set was one of the
>musical highlights of my life. To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the
>recording of "Live at the Fillmore," the band performed the album, from
>beginning to end. I've said it before and will say it again - Derek Trucks
>is more than the real deal. We are witnessing the ascension of a
>guitarist/musician to levels that few ever achieve. Each solo is just so
>damn inventive - he really makes Warren Haynes sound like a pedestrian
>guitarist. No Derek and The Dominoes songs but I hope to have the
>opportunity to hear Eric and Derek do "Stormy Monday" on the next tour.
>Other show highlights were a kick-ass version of Freddie King's "Woman
>Across The River," and Susan Tedeschi leading the vocals on "The Weight."
>Speaking of Derek Trucks, I caught the show at the Beacon Monday night (a
>tasty jam it was, though not quite as filling as Cream ; ) sandwiched
>between two amazing Stones shows.) Very cool that the Allman Brothers ran
>thru the Fillmore East album in its entirety. Fantastic show! Derek was
>absolutely incredible, just unbelievable the sounds he made! I see what
>the raves are all about now, and after hearing live the interplay between
>Derek and Warren and the taking turns in the spotlight, I'm ready for the
>new Eric Clapton Band. Great as Trucks playing was though, for whatever
>reason, it didn't GET TO ME like Clapton, and the playing that thrilled me
>most that night was pre-show when the speakers blasted "Have You Heard."
>Guess as far as the guitar goes, it'll be only ole Slowhand to the end.
>Susan Tedeschi joined in on vocals near the end and what a revelation she
>was! (Until that I had been confusing her with Diana Krall.)
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