A great choice of Google doodle today celebrating what would have bee BB King’s 94th birthday. Of the many descriptors used for guitar tone, I think BB is the only one whose tone I would describe as ‘sweet’.
If you like BB I highly suggest you check out the BBC iPlayer… those outside UK may need to use your creative methods… and check out a documentary called Sounding Out which is 25 minutes long and is footage and interview from a recording session with BB, in London, from 1972. One man, one guitar, one amp, and a whole load of talent.
Happy birthday BB!
Bob Reynolds is a tenor sax player who has an established track record under his own name, and also plays with Snarky Puppy. This is a gig that was recorded at the last minute, both high quality video and audio, and subsequently released as an album to buy with the video being put on Bob’s YouTube channel.
I ordered the CD which also gives access to high quality MP3s (for the iPod) and a variety of other file formats including FLAC.
It’s not what my wife would describe as ‘crazy jazz’ but is 6 tracks of predominantly mid tempo, blues influenced tracks. Maybe think more along the lines of Kenny Burrell and Grant Green rather than John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins.
He’s joined by his Snarky bandmate Mark Lettieri as one of the two guitar players. In the videos he’s the one with the blue Strat style guitar. The drums and bass are particularly grooving on this album.
Give it a listen. You don’t even have to buy it, just watch the videos on
Meantime, check out the video of Blues for Charlie
Emily’s D+Evolution by Esperenza Spalding is one of my most played albums in recent years and this is a great live performance of one of my favourite songs. Are there any other fans out there?