Friday, November 18, 2011

Why I love Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix may be the most iconic of all guitar players - but IMO he is also one of the most approachable. From my first exposure to his music via the studio recordings - to the dozens of live recordings and interviews - I have always found him to be incredibly likeable as a person. This simple little record of him playing a Zemaitis 12 String is a perfect example (note that Tony Zemaitis would have been a little known 35 years old luthier at this point and far from the electric guitar making legend he became via his association with Ron Wood, etc.)

Compare the persona of this "legendary guitarist" with any other past or current guitar gods and see if you agree. I can't think of anyone I'd rather have over for tea and a little Sunday morning jam Session than this inimitable blues man.

The tragedy of his loss at age 27 is incomparable. Only Duane Allmann at age 24 came close but you can't really compare Duane and Jimi. There will never was and never will be a musician like Jimi Hendrix.



  1. Great find. This is the same version of this tune that wound up on the "Blues" collection that MCA put out in '94. That record is a master class on blues/rock guitar.

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