This is an interesting clip. I shared it to another post, but I think it deserves its own. Is this third position? Some of the notes at the lower end sound like they are dragged out of those 2&3 hole bends in the 3rd Position Blues scale. Very distinctive work Roly does here. And the rest of the band are pretty solid musicians too!
It sounds like he's playing cross harp but he's in a different mode than the usual Mixolydian. It could be Dorian but I really don't know. Really nice stuff.
Last Edited by Tuckster on Dec 04, 2016 10:31 PM
so somehow this is not working for me. the groove is just not locked in. in a trio the bass player has more freedom for excursions up the neck. in a quartet he needs to hold down the bottom.
they are not trying to copy the original song, so some artistic license is warranted. but this is not at all cohesive.
this is not an easy song by any stretch of the imagination. if you pay attention to the originalrecording, you will notice that there are 8 bar sections 12 bar sections, and at least once he plays a 14 bar section. albert king was at one time a drummer.
FWIW, and I know this is an old post, the Bassist is Prakash John, has played with Alice Cooper, the Funkadelics, and many others. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Does he have his "groove on" in this song? Decide for yourself. But he does certainly know how to "get his groove on" whether quartet or trio.
Prakash John is is a great player and his son is an incredible singer with a huge range. He is young in this clip and is much more refined and honed in now. He is now the kind of guy who should be a household name in the blues but he is one of those guys that is largely unknown. Al Cross is on the drums and is a fixture in the Toronto blues scene. He was the drummer for Big Sugar. Incredible amount of talent on that stage at the Coach and Lantern in Ancaster Ontario. Man I miss live music...