Thursday, January 3, 2013
A Bass Solo, But Please Go To The Bathroom When It's Over
The Palladia network ran a truncated version of Jeff Beck "Live At Ronnie Scott's" a few nights ago. I've had an audio bootleg of this performance for some time now, but I never got to see the commercially released DVD which came out in 2009. (Or I think it was 2009) I watched the first 20 minutes and immediately purchased the full show on Blu Ray. (I specify Blu Ray because only the Blu Ray includes a bonus set with the Big Town Playboys.)
May I just say, I have been officially blown away.
Jeff Beck's guitar playing is not news, but it continues to move me. As a drummer, it's hard for me to keep my eyes off of Vinnie Colaiuta, who astonishes for the entire 2 1/2 hours of this DVD. The set features a bit of everything from Beck's career, including "Beck's Bolero," whick kicks things off. There are also some special guests, like Eric Clapton, who tears it up with Jeff for a three song encore.
But what really did me in...what really made me levitate...was what took place between 1:25-2:38 during the "Blow By Blow" classic "Cause We've Ended As Lovers." 26 year old, bass-playing gift from the gods Tal Wilkenfeld's solo is simply one of the most beautiful stretches of music I have ever witnessed.
Please....enjoy...and be knocked out of your socks.