You would be perfectly justified asking, “What is a review of a Bryan Ferry DVD doing in Guitar Moderne?”
Sometimes modern guitar is a question of context. Bryan Ferry has employed many fine guitarists over the years including Neil Hubbard, Alan Spenner, Chris Spedding, Waddy Wachtel, Oliver Thompson, Leo Abrahams, David Williams, and Phil Manzara, as well as star guest guitarists David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Robin Trower (who produced Ferry’s Taxi record), Johnny Marr, Jonny Greenwood, and, long before Daft Punk, Nile Rogers. None of these guitarists would normally be called modern in the sense we use at Guitar Moderne, save for Greenwood, and Abrahams whose work with looping, laptops, and Eno more than qualifies him. But sometimes modernity is a question of context.
Oliver Thompson and Neil Hubbard on the new DVD Bryan Ferry Nuits de Fourvière Live in Lyon
A new project from JA Deane will feature him conducting—in the Butch Morris sense— a guitar choir. It promises to be a major step forward in modern guitar. Also eagerly anticipated is his Black iron Trio project, hinted at here.
In the ’70s, Bill Nelson’s Be-Bop Deluxe sat in a musical space between the primitivism of Punk and the pomposity of Prog. Bebop’s technically complex music was rooted in blues and jazz but looked firmly to the future. Nelson’s later releases with Red Noise, and especially on his solo records in the ’80s, were stellar examples of how guitar-based music could incorporate the technology of the times (synths and drum machines) while offering some serious playing for fans of the instrument.
Bill Nelson and the Gentlemen Rocketeers Recorded Live In Concert At Metropolis Studios, London [Convexe], is a three disc set (two CDs and one DVD) that provides an overview of Nelson’s career in the form of a live-in-the-studio concert.
“October Man” from the solo record The Love That Whirls