I have always been a David Gilmour fan. I love his glorious Pink Floyd guitar solos, which laid the grit and soul of the blues on a bed of European prog majesty, though I tend to prefer his own records, with their straightforward lyrics, his choirboy vocals, and supporting players like Pino Palladino, Jeff Porcaro, and Andy Newmark. Here he is six years ago in all his undiminished glory: that tone, that vibrato, the awesomely cool black Strat. As a bonus, that’s Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera taking a solo as well.
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