EXPERIENCE HENDRIX, VARIOUS MUSICIANS

hendrix-pic_phixr_album.jpgI was fortunate enough to attend the first tribute event years ago at The Rock Hall, and over the years, I’ve become good friends with many of the artists.   This DVD allows the viewer to experience historic music performed by modern day luminaries, including some of Jimi’s collaborators.   Mitch Mitchell from The Experience, and Billy Cox from Band Of Gypsies fame perform along with Stevie Ray’s rhythm section of Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon.   Legendary ageless guitar wonder Hubert Sumlin and former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor are a pleasure to watch perform, as is one of the best singers to ever hit the rock stage, Paul Rodgers.  

As for guitar work, you can’t get any better than Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Kenny Olson, Eric Gales, Andy Aledort, Jimmy D. Lane, Vernon Reid, Buddy Guy, Mike McCready, the band Indigenous, and pedal steel whiz Robert Randolph.   The all-star jam at the end is a bit confusing, but they all are.  

The show was filmed in San Diego, and at the Paramount Theatre in Jimi’s hometown of Seattle.   The most interesting things are the individual artist interpretations of Jimi’s songs, the mixing/pairing of artists on stage, and the varied riffs the artists played.   Everything from Eric Gales casual strolling while shredding, to Buddy Guy’s storytelling “Call and response” style, to Robert Randolph’s squealing pedal steel landscape are well covered.  

The ensemble has done a limited amount of tour dates, but more are expected.   Check out the Experience Hendrix website for details.   Two things are definite.   Jimi Hendrix was a direct influence on modern day rock music, and secondly, these things are fun!

Words By: RME

[Rating: 4/5]

  2 comments for “EXPERIENCE HENDRIX, VARIOUS MUSICIANS

  1. Nick Davies
    November 19, 2008 at 5:34 am

    I have always idolised Mitch Mitchell whose style hypnotised me. I always wanted to play like him with that awesome left hand, but with all the practice in the world i never succeeded and finally realised that he had a great natural talent. I have always thought that he was the original fusion drummer who predated the likes of Lenny White and Billy Cobham. Im very sorry now that he is gone that i will never get a chance to meet him, not that i thought i ever would living here in Australia, but at least I could continue my fantasy up until his death.

  2. Rafael Ortigosa
    September 29, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    I just want to say that I have been a Jimi Hendrix fan since his first album came out. I was 16 at the time living in Mexico City. We were listening to all those groups from the British Invasion when suddenly Jimi Hendrix came out with such an extraordinary album, Are you experienced? that just blew our minds. With an style way ahead of his time, his voice, the sounds of his guitar. I still think he is the best Rock guitarist of all times. I still listen to his music and never ceases to amaze me. Always wonder how he could have done it since he did not come from a Rock background and he has never met Noel and Mitch before. How he came up with such a superb album. I have always missed him. I wish he still be around. I know Al must have been very proud of him.
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