When I arrived in Japan with The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group, I remember the first time we met with an interpreter. We sat down with some people from our record label Trattoria. They wanted to know how someone like me had made the record I had when I did. Flipper’s Guitar had made a very similar album several years earlier called “Three Cheers for Our Side!” I thought about it for a while and I said “Do you know that Jazz Butcher album ‘Distressed Gentlefolk,’ and that song ‘Who Loves You Now?’” There were nods all around the table. ”I wanted to make an album were every song was like that one.”
Last year Max Eider released his fourth solo album “Disaffection.” It was the musical event of the year for me. He’s one of those rare bands/artists, The Would Be Goods also spring to mind, that like fine wine, get better as they age. Backed by the million dollar backing vocals of June Miles Kingston and a talented chromatic harp player, Max is one of those rare people who can speak with their lyrics, and their axe. I find myself hanging on his every note. Do yourself a favor and check out his website http://www.maxeider.com and listen to track 10 on Disaffection “Can’t Touch Me Now”, hear Max’s guitar playing in full flight – have your mind blown – then buy the record!
LJR – It’s 1965 and Wes Montgomery is on the top of his game, he’s recently switched to Verve Records but will sadly be dead in 3 years. Why do you think he is such a great guitarist and how has he, or his technique, influenced your playing? Do you have a favorite album or time period or do you find his work all equally brilliant?
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