was semi-kidding last night that
I shd write a book called
An Unironic Rocker Girl's Guide To Jimi Hendrix
(honestly could be a whole series,
URG's Guide To Royal Trux,
The Velvet Underground,
Les Rallizes Denudes,
this thred contains some thoughts on
Jimi Hendrix: Epic Improviser
& to be clear,
what I'm studying in those pieces
is not (only) guitar technique,
tho there's plenty of that...
it's HOW to improvise—
form, structure, dynamic, intuition, tone, interplay,
& the sloppy bits lol
one interesting thing about the
April 1969 L.A. Forum show
(despite the exhaustion &/or boredom of some members of the trio?)
it's the JHE improvising as a GROUP.
very different than the (brilliant) Band Of Gypsys shows,
where Jimi is largely a soloist w/ a rhythm section.
(a dynamic & responsive rhythm section,
but they don't go all flying off places together as a trio
this VILLANOVA JUNCTION from Maui 1970
is a mix of both approaches.
Mitch & Billy may or may not
have ever fully gelled as a rhythm section.
(I go back & forth on it... could write you an essay lol)
here, Mitch *mostly* chases Jimi while Billy holds it down:
(I'm not SURE offhand,
but I MAY recall that
a lovely blues variation
that Jimi recorded in a few different arrangements,
was named posthumously by manager Mike Jeffries,
as was PALI-GAP & a few others)
the solo guitar piece from L.A. Forum April 1969
that I THINK takes place during Spanish Castle Magic
is also interesting in that
the same ideas turn up more definitively
in August's "Woodstock improvisation"
between Star Spangled Banner & Villanova Junction
L.A. 1969 has an early Banner also.
@sj5 Holy moly
While not listening to it as closely as you are, I gotta say that the Forum show is a *fantastic* show. A great soundtrack to a sunny afternoon of working from home.
I got the cassette in a box set called I think LIFELINES a looooong time ago when it came out...
mostly LIFELINES was a 3hr radio show which included some rare tracks (some aren't available in that form even now, Sending My Love To Linda and Valleys Of Neptune still definitive versions imo)
& then the FORUM show which I listened to 100s of times & became absolutely formative to my electric guitar sensibilities. 🎸 🔥
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