Jimi changed my life. I was a junior in high school playing Motown and Latin Jazz on tenor sax, and guitar, like everyone else. A sophmore friend, Ronnie, made me drive him home so I could listen to this new guitar player. I was hooked. Dropped sax and concentrated on guitar. Senior year I sat out playing steady gigs because the Acid Rock band i joined wasn't popular in East Los Angeles. Next year was college and the audience was built in.
For me Jimi had a form, blues based, that I understood. His virtuosity on guitar was unmatched, but his playfulness was infectious. Crosstown Traffic still makes me laugh.
To think of a 70 year old Jimi is unimagineable, but at 62 who am I kidding?
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