Thursday, 15 April 2010

Tal Wilkenfeld

Quote of the day: "Those who dream by day are cognisant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." (Edgar Allen Poe)

As my regular reader will know, i am a huge fan of Jeff Beck's, and today i bought  his new album, "Emotion & Commotion" (pictured above).And of course i had to buy the deluxe edition, which includes a DVD.

The CD is good.  Jeff's ability to make his guitar sing remains unsurpassed -- equalled by a very few (Terje Rypdal & Rory Gallagher spring to mind), bettered by none.  But it's Jeff at his most mellow, performing the likes of "Over The Rainbow" and "Nessun Dorma!" with full orchestra and there's none of the full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes music i love him for.

The reason to buy it, though, is for the DVD -- a live performance from the Crossroads Guitar Festival, 2007.

 I was close to tears (of joy) when the DVD ended.  It is -- and i'm not a huge fan of music DVDs -- the reason to buy.  (Or, at least, search "Jeff Beck Crossroads" on YouTube -- there are clips up.)

I saw Jeff in concert in 2001.  It was great but he really didn't seem to be enjoying himself all that much.  This is different -- he's obviously having a wonderful time.  Possibly because his band is better?  And in particular...

... Tal Wilkenfeld, his bassist.  (I'll bet you were wondering when i'd get around to her.)

That's her up there.

 She's one of the best bass guitarists i've ever heard!  And she looks like she's about 19 (although she was born in 1986, which means she was 21 when the video was made).  She's a Kiwi -- not her fault, of course!

Anyway, the rapport between her and Jeff Beck is pure magic and she plays her bass like it's a part of her body -- indeed, there are moments when one might think she has a sexual relationship with it.

Is there such a thing as a child prodigy on the bass guitar?  If there is, she must have been one. -- but there's nothing much there yet


paladin said...

Something to keep handy Rich in a time of need.

Freg said...

Eh? What? "This posting has been deleted by its author."

Thanks for thinking of me, though :o)

paladin said...

It pertained to your Woody Allen quote regarding sex without love.

It was an ad for a hooker in Stratford.

Good rates and not a bad looker.

Freg said...

Well, thanks again for thinking of me, but i don't really need the services of a professional.

Tal Wilkenfeld could have me, though....

paladin said...

Personally, my tastes run to another aussie . . . Orianthi Panagaris

Freg said...

Er, do we know each other, Cowboy? I just realised that you referred to me as "Rich" earlier...

I can't say i'm familiar with the work of Ms Panagaris

paladin said...

She's hot and not a bad guitarist to boot. Watch the film about MJ rehearsing for his comback performance.

As to your comment that you 'don't really need the services of a professional', well that's simply not true. You watch porn . . . do you think they're amateurs?

Your name is Rich (Richard) isn't it?

Freg said...

Methinks you assume too much, mate. Unless or until you identify yourself, i'll consider this thread closed.

paladin said...

Interesting. You pontificate under a nome-de-plume yet expect others to reveal their true identity. Double standard Freg?

You have nothing to fear, Rich. I am simply an observer who, as you desired, has now disappeared.

Freg said...

No, don't disappear.

By calling me "Rich" in an earlier comment, it suggested to me that we were personally acquainted, in which case it would have been you hiding behind a cloak of anonymity, and not a double standard on my part. (My Blogger profile is freely available, unlike yours.)

If i'm wrong, i regret the error.

Oh, and btw, i don't pontificate, i just ramble (as it says).


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