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  posted on 11/21/2003 at 02:32 AM
i was just wondering what people considered a supreme soloist? dont get me wrong there are a ton of great soloists but there a few that stand out. I was doing my rankings on how much their playing reflect themselves and ability to add to the music. Here are my 10 in no order

1. Kofi Burbridge- every time this guy takes a solo it's always different from anything he has ever played before. i have never heard him hit a sour note and his tone is perfect.

2. Karl Denison- visually he is a powerful man his sound is the same. when he plays his horn the notes are loud and strong. its evident that he is really into anything he is playing and avoids the obvious Coltrane comparison well.

3. Miles- no explanation necessary

4. Coltrane- see above

5. Stevie Ray Vaughn- this guy lived hard and played hard. always played like it was his last show on earth.

6. Derek- when he is really into a solo, notes are being played that i have never heard before. sounds like he is about to explode during every rocking horse.

7. branford marsalis- for soft smooth jams nobody is better.

8. Marc Ford- nobody made playing the guitar look easier

i cant think of the others. there are so many. let me know what yall think. peace to ya
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  posted on 11/21/2003 at 02:58 AM
Just to get the obvious out of the way, there's Duane Allman. He had an uncanny ability to pick the right note at the right time, and he got the most out of every note he played. And there's the matter of his tone.

Jimi Hendrix's playing always sounded like it was bursting straight out of his brain. His soloing was really loose and exploratory, and it's hard to use too many adjectives about either of these guys.

I'm not even close to the first to say it, but Dickey Betts is fabulous at constructing a solo, building an idea and letting you watch it explode into an emotional climax.

I'll second Derek, not that I disagree with anyone you listed, because I'm constantly in awe of him. I don't think there's anyone else like him, or with the same ability to go supernova.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2003 at 09:24 AM
Can't argue(and wouldn't) with any of the names so far....As a drummer I'm leaning a bit that way....for sheer musical creativity and other-worldliness(read: taking you and the music together to a different place) I'd have to say Jack DeJohnette. I've seen him start from what at first just sounds like a nice tight groove and then gradually and subtly building it into the heavens opening and rivers of tone and rhythms falling down on us...the whole time he's just gazing up at the ceiling or off into space.....he always proves the old adage that music is the best drug of all.

I shouldn't even have to mention Butch, Jaimoe and Marc, but I will anyway .....can't say enough about the sheer force and dynamism of these players.Butch and Jaimoe have kept this drummer smilin' for nigh on 35 years now.

I could go on and on but I won't. These are four of the players who have literally impacted the way I approach my instrument, both through their solo performance and as part of the greater whole.


 

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  posted on 11/21/2003 at 12:18 PM
Well, on guitar, Jack Pearson always blows my mind. Sometimes his solos are similar to what he's done before and sometimes he sounds like a completely different person...

There are several jazz players that are "supreme soloists" in my mind.

And all the above mentioned people. I'd throw Jimmy Herring into there too.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2003 at 12:32 PM
Is there any reason Chuck Leavell's not in that list?

 

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  posted on 11/21/2003 at 01:33 PM
He is now Rusty...LOL
 

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  posted on 11/21/2003 at 01:37 PM
Oh my god yes! Chuck's one of my favs...
 
 


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