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.
www.talwilkenfeld.com -- but there's nothing much there yet