An early explorer of echo-based looping, Günther Schickert is not as well-known as, say, Robert Fripp, but deserves recognition as a modern guitar pioneer.
To be able to devote more time to Guitar Moderne, exposing you to more artists, tools of the trade, and covering anything else of interest to fans and purveyors of modern guitar, I am contemplating ways to derive some sort of income stream from the website.
Terje Rypdal may not be very well known among the current crop of American electric guitarists but for players of-a-certain-age, including Jeff Beck, David Torn, Bill Frisell, Andy Summers, and Nels Cline, he is something of an icon. You can get the full story in Barry Cleveland’s terrific Guitar Player interview.
(Not LPR) Great trio with Rypdal father and son
Last night at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge was the only the third time Terje Rypdal has performed in the United States over a career that spans six decades. A fan for most of that career, I was unfortunately out of town the first two times. There was no way I was going to miss this one, especially up close and personal in a 250-seat club.
Pete Cosey, largely known for playing guitar with Miles Davis between 1973 and 1975, died today at age 68. Before joining Davis’ band he was a session guitarist with Chess Records, playing on records by Etta James, Rotary Connection, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters.
Check out his slashing electric 12-string work about five minutes in.
Cosey was a member of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). During his Chicago years he played with drummer Maurice White and bassist Louis Satterfield later of Earth, Wind & Fire. With Miles, Cosey performed on Get Up with It, Dark Magus, Agharta and Pangaea.
Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew qualify as pioneers of modern guitar.
With the Discipline-era King Crimson now three decades old it is time to ask: what current guitar-based band do you think pushes the sonic envelope like this?
Here is a beautifully shot and recorded video of a post Bruford/Levin version of Crimson. (Trey Gunn – Warr guitar, Pat Mastelotto – drums, percussion)