The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Rhythm Method #1


Malcolm Young
Rhythm Guitar

7 comments :

Victor said...

Excellent idea for a series. Rhythm guitarists are the unsung heroes of pop music. Yet without them the phallus wielders on lead would fall flat.

The countdown for Nile Rodgers is on....

swac said...

The first name that leaps to mind is none other than Keith Richards, but the dilemma there is that he's hard to define as strictly a rhythm guitarist since he's the one that usually comes up with the defining riffs of the Stones' tunes, with Jones playing slide or Taylor playing solos. Then Wood shows up, and the waters get completely muddied.

estiv said...

And along with Keith Richards I'd add Jimi Hendrix, even though people would think it was nuts. But in terms of actually setting the rhythm of the music, and knowing when to shut up as a guitarist, he's the epitome of a great rhythm guitar player. It's just that since he more or less invented modern lead guitar, and was often incredibly flamboyant, he's rarely seen that way.

Mark Connolly said...

Since the series title doesn't imply that it's only rock, I'd add Freddie Green, whose guitar helped drive Count Basie's music for decades.

swac said...

Mr. Green would be a great choice, I agree, especially since 2011 is the 100th anniversary of his birth. There appear to be some great photos of him out there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVwB7_CS6rk

estiv said...

A third vote for Freddie Green, whose time seemed to be flawless.
The only time I saw him, Basie announced that for one number Freddie would take a solo. The song was a typical Basie swing piece, with incredible driving yet light rhythm anchored by the guitar. Solos but none by FG. Then the song was obviously winding up, building to a clear ending, which at the very very tag end consisted of FG playing a single chord with the rest of the band silent. A joke, but one that gave FG the spotlight moment he deserved.

Unknown said...

Steve Cropper is a natural.