August 28, 2006

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by Chris Randall

Meet the Pikasso guitar. Apparently, this was originally commissioned by Paid-By-The-Note ambassador Pat Matheny, not Rick Nielson as one might think at first glance. There are 42 strings. One would assume that once you got done tuning it, you wouldn't feel like playing any more. I'm sure it sounds quite nice and all, as Linda Manzer is no slouch viz. making guitars, but the way I look at it, if Django only needed 6 strings, well, you get my drift. Product page is here.



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Aug.29.2006 @ 7:31 PM
Suit & Tie Guy
i wonder why you'd expect me to bring him up? other than possibly to remind me that i need to go see him again pronto. i would at this point say something like "i haven't had a combination plate and hummous at Pita Inn followed up by a trip to the Green Mill in months", but i'm willing to bet you will point out a superior chicagoland middle eastern restaraunt, because of my obvious lack of taste.

i hear that the Elbo Room gig Chris did with Bernard Purdie was quite amazing. being the star of the show, Bernie had set up his drums in front of Chris and George Freeman.

speaking of guitarists, George Freeman is always quite entertaining. he plays some cool lines, and at least 4 times a night he'll accidentally step on his cord during the middle of his solo, bend over and pick it up, then continue his solo. as he usually seems to do this during some tremelo picking when he holds the guitar up like a gun or something, it gives the impression that he's stopping his solo to reload.

oh btw, i'd like to nominate Allan Holdsworth as candidate for "Yngvie of modern jazz" in place of Metheny. i bought one of his jazz albums and it made my head hurt.


Aug.30.2006 @ 9:08 AM
I admit that that "yngvie of modern jazz" comment was really not quite fair, I was just a little bit incensed by that dude putting down django.

Aug.31.2006 @ 3:33 AM
It's sad that Pat Metheny is so missunderstood. Try to read Metheny Keynote Address at IAJ: link []">link []

If you don't feel nothing while listening to his music... Sad! He can tell so much, but some folks are tuned to different frequecies. Nothing wrong with that. I'm not evangelist, and going round saying all of his music is great. But some is darn good and deep. He can talk through the jazz and notes like few musicians can. It might reach you or not. But sometimes we are so closed in our perception that, we simply don't get it. Saying that he has no life and soul in his music....


Aug.31.2006 @ 4:57 AM
Yeah... I don't understand how anyone could listen to Lonely Woman from Rejoicing and not hear soul.

Aug.31.2006 @ 5:05 AM
... unless... maybe you don't have any.

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