I found out about the late Jack Rose from Pandora–and I believe this was the first tune of his I heard. Partway through the lovely moody brood, my brain realized it could not ignore any further. “Who is this?”
Apparently, Rose was like that. “Cross the North Fork” is still my favorite of his originals, but I find a lot to like in the listening I have done.
So, more then. 🙂
When I first got blown away by bluegrass music, I do recall running across Dan Crary’s name here and there, but somehow it all got lost after discovering Tony Rice’s astonishing work with the first David Grisman Quintet. And so it took a number of years for me to circle back around to Crary as a composer.
Mistake. Dan Crary is a monster and has been for a long time. When I first started to set up a Pandora station for “work”, Crary was the first seed, and that has turned out to be an inspired choice.
I don’t remember finding a live clip of him playing “Lady’s Fancy” the first time I looked for one, but fortunately, there is at least one!
Sometimes it can be overwhelming, to contemplate just how much great music has been inspired by Michael Hedges’ pioneering efforts.
But, regardless of that, and regardless of the continued technical development that players are now demonstrating…there’s no denying that there was only one Michael Hedges. I’d forgot how chillingly moving this clip of “Two Days Old”, from his last show at the Varsity Theatre in Palo Alto (before it closed), is.
A few years ago, I spent some effort carving out a place for British guitarist Davey Graham’s instrumental music on my Pandora “work” station. (It was an effort because Pandora kept thinking that I wanted to hear blues singers; the system took a while to learn otherwise, but we got there.) This morning, “She Moved Through the Bizarre / Blue Raga” came up, and reminded me why that effort was so entirely worth it.
There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of video of him playing live, but there is this, which is close enough to make the point.
And as for the version from the record, that is here.
Graham is a bigger influence on lots of players than you’d think, given his own relative obscurity. That fella seemed to have his own demons, but he was the real deal and a fantastic fount of great ideas.
Somewhat by accident I stumbled upon this, which is for me a new entry in the Michael Hedges “violent acoustic” genre.
Lots of elements there, for sure. Compositionally, I still haven’t been totally grabbed yet, but it seems worth looking into further. Bookmarked for exactly that purpose. 🙂
I dig quite a bit of what Pandora has shown me of Chris Proctor. “War Games” is quietly insistent, and representative of Proctor’s style.
Interestingly, when I found this clip of him playing it live,
I didn’t even notice the string-dampening gizmo he uses (immediately forward of the bridge, under the strings) until he rips it out mid-tune (1:42 on the timeline), which of course brightens everything up immediately.
Food for thought, indeed. (And man, have I been craving a twelve-string lately.)
Another point for Pandora radio, in putting this across my radar the first time–however long ago that was now. The whole Intuite record seems a powerhouse effort, but this piece just seems to get special mention, quite possibly because of this clip here:
Bensusan’s the complete package: feel, improv, phrasing, composition, and the willingness to do Things You Aren’t Supposed To Do when playing “properly”.