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N. J. H. Ratnieks (West Clandon, Surrey United Kingdom)

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Hard Life Blues
Hard Life Blues

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding value intro to great music, 27 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Hard Life Blues (Audio CD)
If you're reading this review of the Whippoorwills, you are probably a fan of this kind of music. With 31 tracks this is a tresure trove of great jazz-tinged Western style music played by great musicians including the incomparable Roy Lanham on guitar. If you're not sure about this music, visitYoutube where there has been a video posting of the first track from this albium "Hard Life Blues" and that may sway you into a purchase.

New Guitar Summit
New Guitar Summit
Price: £22.04

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Letting their fingers do the talking, 4 Nov. 2004
This review is from: New Guitar Summit (Audio CD)
Anyone with an interest in blues guitar should know the names of Jay Geils and Duke Robillard, as they've been slapping down hot licks in great bands since the late 60's.Gerry Beaudoin,(perhaps until now,a known name for the serious swing initiate only) is another man of impeccable fretboard skill and taste. These three guitar aces take the guitar styles of the 40's and 50's, and bring them bang up to date in the most convincing tour de force of guitar playing panache. Running the gamut of styles by innovators such as Charlie Christian, Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, Tal Farlow, Barney Kessel and so many more guitar greats, they deliver a sumptuous stew of swing guitar that never gets lost in the arid wates of technoflash or self-indulgence. These guys love this music, and their performance spells out the fact, that this is a "labour of love" and they enjoy the fact that between them, they are making this music live on into a new century, where "presentation over performance" is commonplace, but the simple virtue of good honest music still "packs a mighty punch". 11 great tracks plus a video on the enhanced cd, take you to on a trip back to Benny Goodman, Django Reinhardt, Billy Holiday and a period of explosive musical innovation still rooted in the blues and swing era, in total 50 plus minutes of pure joy, and that's just the guitar players- the rhythm section are superb!!!

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