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Who was that FUNK guitarist ...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Thor, Feb 16, 2004.


  1. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    I'm looking for the name of the FUNK genre
    guitarist that had the almost Hendrix like
    riffs. Thought to be one of the best guys around.
    Black player, I believe.

    I misplaced the info out of a TB thread a
    few months back, and for the life of me,
    haven't been able to pick it up on a search.
    The current CD that was available at that time
    was an import.

    He'd be somewhere in that P Funk, Funkadelic era.
    Mom needs a gift idea for my coming birthday
    and since it was an import at 40 bones I had
    it on a list I subsequently lost... ooops!

    Any help appreciated!
     
  2. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    Eddie Hazel?
     
  3. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

  4. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    PS are you going to the GTG ???
     
  5. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    Definately!!
     
  6. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Thanks for the help. I expect to be there as well.
    T
     
  7. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    No problem. See you there!
     
  8. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Other guys who fit your description. All are worthy of serious checking out-

    "Blackbird" McKnight
    Pete Cosey
    Sonny Sharrock
    "Blood" Ulmer
    Vernon Reid
     
  9. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    From the title I was thinking about Johnny "Guitar" Watson - I was in a Cafe on Sunday and they were playing an album of his and it was great - funky,jazzy and some great melodic solos.

    Any recommendations there - it's so long ago but I can remember him being on the radio, but never bought any albums....?
     
  10. pyrohr

    pyrohr

    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    Eddie Hazel (RIP) was a great guitarist from my hometown of Brooklyn N.Y. He was a very gifted person and a regular guy. He was in a class by himself. He is featured on a dvd by George Clinton and Parliment Funkadelic called "Mothership Connection" Check out the first song on the dvd "Cosmic Slop". As far as I know Funkadelic was the First group to wear the outlandish costumes on stage, not only that but they were all classically trained musiacians with degree's in music as told to me by someone back in 1975 who roomed with some of them in college!
     
  11. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Watson is a BLUES player that eventually tested the R&B/Pop commercial thing in the '70s...I believe have 3 of his albums from that period(e.g. Real Mutha For Ya).
    I have not listened to any of those in years; enjoyable back then, not so sure about now, however.
     
  12. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    It was just hearing that album on Sunday - it sounded really funky and I thought I'd like to get a CD - I'll go and have a look on Amazon and see what's available...:)
     
  13. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I feel vindicated now!! ;)

    I just went and had a look on Amazon and found a 2CD anthology of Johnny Guitar Watson, which gets good reviews and has tracks like :

    "My Funk", "Funk Beyond the Call of Duty" etc.

    Here's a typical review :

    Brilliant - Music to shake your booty, 16 October, 2002
    Reviewer: A music fan from London, UK
    If you haven't heard the music of Johnny Guitar Watson before then
    this album is the ideal introduction.

    Covering his 70s releases in the main, with only one track from the unfortunate Bow Wow. This is the best of great artist.

    The funky feel to most of the songs is unsurpassed, James Brown and P-Funk can't touch this. "

    Amazon says :

    Customers who bought music by Johnny 'Guitar' Watson also bought music by these artists:


    Stevie Wonder
    Jon Cleary
    Kool & The Gang
    Freddie Hubbard
    The Meters
     
  14. Bayou_Brawler

    Bayou_Brawler The most hurtful thing ever realized

    Oct 23, 2003
    Ann Arbor, MI
    I just bought it used on amazon for 18 bucks. IT BETTER BE GOOD!
     
  15. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Yeah, right.
    You'll be amazed how much the tunes sound alike.

    To be sure-
    I'll dig out my albums & give them a listen.
    ;)