Master looper Andre LaFosse is setting up a Patreon campaign to fund his posting of looping lessons on YouTube. If you are at all interested in the art of looping, you might want to check him out and contribute to his campaign.
It is hard to separate my review of this movie from my relationship with Bill Frisell. I first saw him play when I went to see Percy Jones’ Stone Tiger at the Bitter End in NYC. I loved Jones’ unique bass work with Brand X and was curious to see what he was up to. The great Dougie Bowne (Lounge Lizards, Iggy Pop) was on drums. The guitarist was some guy with an early Roland GR-300 synth guitar whose playing, both on synth and standard guitar, was like nothing I had ever heard. Alternately lyrical and jagged, his Thelonious Monk-like flights of invention were like Monk only in that they were completely personal and otherworldly. Not since seeing Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck in the Sixties had I witnessed someone who seemed to totally reinvent the instrument in their own image.
There were many terrific records in 2017. In another year, Charlie Rauh’s Viriditas, Dan Phelps’ Arc, and Rights by Manuel Troller’s band Schnellertollermeier might have fit on my “Best of…” list. But this year saw so many releases by modern guitar superstars that I just have to recommend reserving some money to also pick up their worthy efforts.
This list is mine; feel free to list yours in the comment section.
Mike Matthews & Co have done it again. Beginning with The Freeze and continuing on through the original Superego, the company started down a path of sample and hold effects that modern guitarists like Bill Frisell, Eric Chenaux, and others found essential to their sound. The Superego+ adds built-in effects, including pitch shifting and expression pedal control to create a modern guitar effect masterpiece. Bill Ruppert’s demo is outstanding as always: