Awesome. Chet and Les, two greats. Different styles that blend somehow to make a greater thing.
Chet always amazed me with his ability to play diverse multiple lines simultaneously.
And Les, simply spoke a musical language through his instrument. And such a gentleman.
Here's some irony:
I started my day with a focused listen to a 1949 recording of Django Reinhardt.
It sounded like a worn scratched record played on a wind-up Victrola with a worn needle. Yet it was beautiful.
I briefly flirted with thoughts of how great it would be to hear a modern clean recording, but quickly shunned the idea, as I realized some damn fool would "re-master" it and compress/limit it and ruin the original beauty.
At lunch I needed a mental break and put in my earbuds and turned on a favorite eclectic internet stream.
Two songs that popped up:
ZZ Top- Just got paid. Cranked it. Always just something to take me away.
Then Prince- Purple Rain played. I don't know what it is, I don't get the lyric, and its not my genre, but damn, that one always moves me. Its a great composition that displays great emotion. Plus it evokes a memory of the first time I heard it- live concert, long story, but it was a loooong extended version with one of the most soulful guitar solo's I have ever heard. It moved me.
Then on the way home this evening I put my brand new Willie Nelson- "God's Problem Child" disc in and made it about 2/3 through.
It will be in heavy rotation for me. 84 years old and he has written and sung a set of masterpieces. Its a work of art. Upbeat, heart wrenching, a blues number, its got range. Truly earned the title "icon" IMO.
And even if its not your thing, this makes me snicker, he's funny!
....well I was gonna post a link to a video from his song "Woke up still not dead again today" making fun of internet rumors of his demise, but the video appears to have been pulled. Marketers.