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Fri, 24 May 2013

Joe Pass: 'Summertime' (1992)

Here's a Joe Pass solo performance from late in his life. He's playing a custom ES-175 guitar that Gibson made for him and delivered to him in 1992, according to longtime friend and fellow guitarist John Pisano.

The guitar differs from stock ES-175 models in a few ways. It has a slightly thinner body, a single pickup in the neck position (which is like ES-175s with a single pickup, though "modern" ES175s usually are equipped with two pickups), an ebony fingerboard (instead of rosewood) and gold hardware instead of nickel (or chrome).

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Thu, 23 May 2013

Joe Pass: 'All the Things You Are'

This is the video I use when I'm testing systems to see how they deal with YouTube. The video is HTML5-ready, so it'll display in browsers on systems that don't have Flash installed or enabled.

It's a performance from late in Joe Pass' life, and it shows his way with a standard.

Joe Pass: 'You Are the Sunshine of My Life,' live at Montreaux 1975

I had the vinyl of this record, and I probably listened to this track a thousand times. I never knew it was available on video.

Tue, 14 May 2013

Video: International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield sings David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' ... in space

Not so much irony as planned coincidence, Commander Chris Hadfield -- who is very musical if this is him singing -- does David Bowie's "Space Oddity," aboard the International Space Station.

Hadfield has a YouTube channel, and it appears he really can sing.

Sat, 03 Sep 2011

I feel like playing again

It's been awhile. I'm tiring of things electronic.

Not sure how I feel about things electric.

But I felt like picking up the guitar. I'm thinking about swing on the steel-string acoustic.

I have a couple PDFs of classic Eddie Lang methods to work with, but as always it would probably be better to learn some tunes.

This post originally appeared on http://jazzguitarjourney.blogspot.com.

Thu, 03 Jan 2008

New Ted Greene tribute CD

I've gotten a postcard about the new Ted Greene tribute CD http://www.eldoradorecords.net/, but I haven't done anything about it yet (the year is young, the end of it busy and otherwise frought).

This post originally appeared on http://jazzguitarjourney.blogspot.com.

I continue to think Jake Shimabukuro is one of the best instrumentalists out there

And on the ukulele, no less. Check out the videos on his page, plus the many videos on YouTube.

This guy really knocks me out. I don't see too many people on any instrument doing what he does.

This post originally appeared on http://jazzguitarjourney.blogspot.com.

This page lost its counter when I updated the template

The new Blogger has great templates -- you can move stuff all around. Since I haven't bothered "tagging" any of the entries, I can't do a "tag cloud," and I'm not even sure Blogger even offers it.

And while I have started a tech-related WordPress blog, I still have a very good feeling for the Blogger service and its interface. In fact, I have a tech blog of the same name in Blogger. But since I can blog during work hours on the Daily News site, most of my effort continues to go into http://blogs.dailynews.com/click, my Daily News blog on technology, about 99 percent of which has to do with open-source software, primarily Linux, with a smattering of BSD, other applications and just a little bit of Windows and Mac info.

But I've gotten the itch to start playing again. Gotta figure out the next step. (Picking up the box is probably the thing to do, don't you thing?)

This post originally appeared on http://jazzguitarjourney.blogspot.com.

Fri, 26 Oct 2007

The Ted Greene page is really coming along

I haven't been over to the Ted Greene page lately, but it has a whole lot more content than the last time I checked. The site has a bit of a strange design -- you need to click a few more times than you'd think, but it's very much worth it.

There's lots of audio and video, plus quite a few lesson sheets and tunes in PDF form. Even though this stuff is on the Web, I'd love to see some released in book and CD/DVD form.

Barbara, if you see this, you are doing a great job.

This post originally appeared on http://jazzguitarjourney.blogspot.com.

Song I heard today that I want to play

"Play That Funky Music, White Boy"

Too cliche? Too obvious?

I say no.

This post originally appeared on http://jazzguitarjourney.blogspot.com.