|He was like that when we saw him with the trio in a small Vegas casino room (mid/late 80s). Sat right in front of the stage. Was totally, totally, blown away. |
Used to play a fairly decent instrumental arrangement of Girl From Ipanema in most of my gigs in the 60s. But this guy was in another Galaxy. It was incredible.
Fabulous improvised jazz cord inversions and single string work all over the fingerboard. You and Chu Berry probably know performers, playing to a small room, can spot musicians seated near the stage because they stare at your hands. Happened to me, a few times, when I performed. So, he knew I was a guitarist and decided to play with my head...)) Even caught the shadow of a smile now and then. It's was like he was saying, OK son here's another variation you can try. And I was thinking. Easy for you to say!! It was really fun.
Almost anti-climactic to have the honor of shaking his hand and thank him during one of the breaks.