There have been numerous Roy Buchanan collections to hit the streets since the guitarist committed suicide in 1988. There have been no less than four issued by Universal, with just enough of the same material to be irritating. Definitive Collection is no exception. There isn't anything here that's unreleased…
This Berklee Workshop is a comprehensive collection of exercises and performance studies designed to expand your playing, reading, and composition skills in a variety of styles such as funk, rock, disco, jazz, top 40, soft rock, and country-western. The rhythms and bass lines are presented in all keys, and are highly effective for developing sight-reading skills and technical proficiency. With practice, this workshop will give you the solid time feel and sound needed to be a lead bass player in a band. Rich Appleman is Chair of the Bass Department at Berklee. He has performed with many musical luminaries, including Lionel Hampton, Gregory Hines, the Fringe, and Boston Pops Orchestra. He is also a columnist for Bass Player magazine.
Originally recorded for Capitol Records in his pre-Hee-Haw days (1963), this is Roy Clark's instrumental album, an all-guitar fest that showcases the country artist's amazing chops. Kicking off with a warp-speed version of "Twelfth Street Rag" that actually gets doubles in tempo by the final chorus, this album features a brace of generic "twistin''' instrumentals (read: public domain tunes given a twist beat) like "Texas Twist," "Weeping Willow Twist," "Wildwood Twist" ("Wildwood Flower"), "Golden Slippers," and "Over the Waves," rocked up cha-cha's like "Pink Velvet Swing" and Bob Wills' "A Maiden's Prayer," and boogies like the closing "Chicken Wire." Produced by Ken Nelson and sounding for all the world like it was cut in a single afternoon session, this should open up anyone's eyes and ears who thinks of Roy Clark only as a belly scratchin' fool, telling corny jokes and singing sappy love ballads.
Once one of the most visible and winning jazz vibraphonists of the 1960s, then an R&B bandleader in the 1970s and '80s, Roy Ayers' reputation s now that of one of the prophets of acid jazz, a man decades ahead of his time.