Everything up except for the bass.
A few weeks ago I had the chance to sit down with Joe Bonamassa and talk about his new album, Dust Bowl. This was a new type of video for PG. The focus was squarely on the new album with Joe demonstrating some sections with a few of his 20+ guitars he lugs around the country on his never-ending tour.
And yes, this is a REAL ’59 Les Paul
Around 8:52 p.m. Nearly half an hour into the show, it’s clear that this band isn’t going to stop collectively improvising until it takes its bows. There are few outright solos; just grooving groupthink. This is all right, as a loose logic has begun to emerge. Think of it like this:
- Wayne Shorter plays a loose, ambling melody
- Danilo Perez (or John Patitucci) establishes a countermelody
- We segue into completely unrelated new territory, and a new groove
- Seven minutes later, you realize it’s morphed into something completely different
- A stray, unexpected Brian Blade cymbal crash begins an intense climax
- There’s a denouement, and some meandering about
- Surprise! There’s that melody fragment again
- Nebulous territory as everyone tries to figure out how to get to the next tune
- Lather, rinse, repeat
See, jazz is easy.
From Fred Wilson:
I like to buy music. I buy it from emusic (where I pay $23/month for use it or lose it credits for music downloads), Amazon, and when in a pinch, iTunes. I also have two Rhapsody music subscriptions that cost an additional $20/month. My kids also regularly spend money on iTunes for music (often for tracks we already own somewhere else in the house). I suspect between all of this, our family spends well over $1000/year on mp3s, probably closer to $2000/year.
And yet, today I find myself pirating an album on the Internet. I thought I’d outline how this happened to showcase what a fucked up system we have for content sales on the web.
Well, that happened.
Didn’t get as much on here as I wanted to during the show, but that ok, all of the really good stuff was over on PG anyway. Here are some of the highlights for me:
- Kemper Profiling Amplifier – This amp basically copies the “mojo” of any amp you can get mic’d up. Here is the video I shot where we demo how close the profiling actually is.
- Vox Tony Bruno Combos – Vox teamed up with boutique amp guru to create a line of production model amps based on Tony’s designs.
- 65Amps Empire – This is a great 3-channel amp that covers some of the “greatest hits” of the classic British-voiced amps.
Today I am heading out to the annual circus that is NAMM. If you are unable to make it out to sunny California in the middle of January, there are a few places where you can keep up with the show.
I will be posting some pics and videos here in addition to Twitter (@jasonshadrick)
Premier Guitar has a dedicated page here to collect all of our pics, videos, tweets and anything else we can squeeze out of the show. Of course I will be contributing to that as well as the Twitter account (@premierguitar).
So it begins…
A few weeks ago, Rebecca Dirks (our PG Web Editor) and I took a road trip to Chicago to get an inside look at Satch’s gear from the man himself. The Chicago Theater is a beautiful venue and hearing Joe crank up his Marshall amps in such a historic place was really cool. Check out the video below for news about his prototype Marshall Heads, his pedalboard and how his solo rig differs from his Chickenfoot rig.