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  posted on 1/30/2012 at 03:39 AM
I'm on board with every guitar player here that bows to the tone of Duane. But I was listening to the first two records on the road today, and I tell y'all what I think folks should talk more about Gregg's tone and his style of playing in general. Right on!

 

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  posted on 1/30/2012 at 06:54 AM
Agreed Tony...and here's one fan who wishes Gregg had more chops....A recording like Jimmy Smith's "The Sermon" from Mr. Allman would be the cat's meow. His solos in IMOER back in the day show that he can build a sweet solo and finish it off....But why haven't we had more?....Bring it on!

 

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  posted on 1/30/2012 at 07:42 AM
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I'm on board with every guitar player here that bows to the tone of Duane. But I was listening to the first two records on the road today, and I tell y'all what I think folks should talk more about Gregg's tone and his style of playing in general. Right on!


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  posted on 1/30/2012 at 11:29 AM
I think this is one of Gregg's BEST solo's EVER!! This rocks....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXlbG9IoYlI

 

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  posted on 1/30/2012 at 01:40 PM
Wow. I have not seen or heard Gregg play B-3 like that in a long time.

I understand his B -3 role with the ABB is to add that great back round color but busting a jam out in this style would be great.


 

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  posted on 1/30/2012 at 02:25 PM
Gregg on what inspired him to become an organ player.....

"B.B. King had this organ player with big processed hair. He was playing this Hammond B3 like Jimmy Smith. And Jackie Wilson. Oh, god, I had goose bumps that I thought were permanent."

The Hammond that Gregg played in 1971-72

 

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  posted on 1/30/2012 at 04:20 PM
I don't know, Gregg still sometimes will throw out solos like that randomly, it's just less and less. He has said that he really likes to lay back and not solo that much...

I think the art of his b-3 playing is how can add so much with tone but lay back and not play much.

Either way, i have ALWAYS been a fan of what he adds to the music.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2012 at 04:29 PM
Back around 96 or 97 at Wi State fair, Gregg tore into about a 6 or 7 minute thing of beauty. Only time I have seen him do that live for that length of time and I concur, wish he would do it more.

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  posted on 1/30/2012 at 05:01 PM
Greggs tone adds a nice "blue" shade to whatever he plays on. if you like wild B3 soloing, and a guitarist with freakish chops, check this one out : http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_12?url=search-alias%3Dpopular& field-keywords=danny+gatton+relentless&sprefix=danny+gatton%2Cpopular%2 C1116

 

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  posted on 1/30/2012 at 05:17 PM
Gregg has always had a great tone on the B-3. Gregg is not so much a soloist (most of his solos are worked out in advance) but nevertheless can any of us name another B-3 player who can "ladle on the gravy" as well as Gregg? What Gregg does is subtle, and to some maybe simple, but nevertheless, it's "oh so right" for the music that Gregg plays. I'm sure anyone that has played with Gregg would certainly agree.
 

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  posted on 1/30/2012 at 05:29 PM
Watching moogis for the last 3 years, I've really been able to see how much activity is involved in Gregg's tones. He is always moving the levers, engaging the the Leslie speaker, and making subtle changes that as a listener you might take for granted, but he is a busy dude behind that organ. I think a lot of B3 players pick a tone for a song and go with it but he knows exactly what to use at different times in the songs making them ultimately more interesting and dynamic.

His use of droning notes and his chord inversions add a lot of color to the songs as well. He may not be a soloist but he doesn't have to be. He says what he wants to say in the song arrangement and the variations he he creates. I love his B3 playing and without it I think the ABB could have been just another blues rock band. Between his voice and his B3, he makes up quite a bit of the signature Allman Brothers Band sound.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2012 at 05:31 PM
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I think this is one of Gregg's BEST solo's EVER!! This rocks....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXlbG9IoYlI



That is a NICE jam.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2012 at 05:58 PM
The last 10 years or so his playing has been more prominent in the mix and a more important part of the sound and I've really enjoyed it.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2012 at 06:06 PM
I love Gregg's tone. It does seem that some of the leads used to be stretched out more in the past than they are today. When The Brothers are soaring Gregg's presence is felt on every tune. His lead on the BB King clip is all you need to know when it comes to Gregg and a B-3.
Is it Gregg or the sound engineer when we don't hear him playing enough? Often I feel it's a sound issue . Health might be play an issue too.
I'm not sure there is a more satisfying point during any Brother's show than when Gregg kicks everything into gear on Don't Want You No More

 

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  posted on 1/30/2012 at 08:30 PM
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Watching moogis for the last 3 years, I've really been able to see how much activity is involved in Gregg's tones. He is always moving the levers, engaging the the Leslie speaker, and making subtle changes that as a listener you might take for granted, but he is a busy dude behind that organ. I think a lot of B3 players pick a tone for a song and go with it but he knows exactly what to use at different times in the songs making them ultimately more interesting and dynamic.

His use of droning notes and his chord inversions add a lot of color to the songs as well. He may not be a soloist but he doesn't have to be. He says what he wants to say in the song arrangement and the variations he he creates. I love his B3 playing and without it I think the ABB could have been just another blues rock band. Between his voice and his B3, he makes up quite a bit of the signature Allman Brothers Band sound.


Good observations. I like your comment about inversions which really add a nice touch to songs.

Any video shot from the side or behind Gregg playing the B3 shows him changing things up quite a lot during songs. This would be a good question for an interview. I'd enjoy hearing what he has to say about this. I think it goes without saying he has a great ear for tone.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2012 at 09:12 PM
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Watching moogis for the last 3 years, I've really been able to see how much activity is involved in Gregg's tones. He is always moving the levers, engaging the the Leslie speaker, and making subtle changes that as a listener you might take for granted, but he is a busy dude behind that organ. I think a lot of B3 players pick a tone for a song and go with it but he knows exactly what to use at different times in the songs making them ultimately more interesting and dynamic.

His use of droning notes and his chord inversions add a lot of color to the songs as well. He may not be a soloist but he doesn't have to be. He says what he wants to say in the song arrangement and the variations he he creates. I love his B3 playing and without it I think the ABB could have been just another blues rock band. Between his voice and his B3, he makes up quite a bit of the signature Allman Brothers Band sound.


YEAH ... what you said! <LOL>

 

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  posted on 1/30/2012 at 09:22 PM
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I love Gregg's tone. It does seem that some of the leads used to be stretched out more in the past than they are today. When The Brothers are soaring Gregg's presence is felt on every tune. His lead on the BB King clip is all you need to know when it comes to Gregg and a B-3.
Is it Gregg or the sound engineer when we don't hear him playing enough? Often I feel it's a sound issue . Health might be play an issue too.
I'm not sure there is a more satisfying point during any Brother's show than when Gregg kicks everything into gear on Don't Want You No More


A couple of my favorite recent Gregg moments:

I have an IL where the band starts You Don't Love Me with some noodling around and Gregg is surprisingly a big part of it bouncing off W and D.

Mountain Jam from the 2nd Clapton show - he just carries the backbone of the song during the beginning and solos.

A version of End of the Line - not sure which - during Warren's solo, Warren gets a little....I don't know.....perfunctory, uninspired, whatever....and Gregg just cranks that B-3 and drives him to finish the solo with a little extra.

I guess for me, they just show that Gregg isn't just along for the ride and I credit the energy and freshness that Derek, Warren, Oteill have brought for that. Sobriety too I guess....

 

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  posted on 1/30/2012 at 09:47 PM
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I think this is one of Gregg's BEST solo's EVER!! This rocks....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXlbG9IoYlI


Good grief...that was awsome...all of it! Gregg and everyone else..

 

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  posted on 1/31/2012 at 06:20 AM
Gregg IS the Man!!!









 

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