Thursday, November 27, 2014

Jimi Hendrix Tribute

James Marshall «Jimi» Hendrix 
born Johnny Allen Hendrix
SeattleU.S.A.27 November 1942
London, United Kingdom18 de September 1970 

James Marshall, Jimi Hendrix, was born in 27 in November of 1942 in Seattle. Only a few names can be quoted with such importance in the way he changed, create and develop all the universe around the electric guitar like an expression tool. I wish invite you to this annual memorial to remember, make a tribute, gift a phrase or a sound of gratitude for his revolutionary, magical. everlasting and growing legacy.

Drop me a phrase or a drawing or a video or a sound and I'll construct with all of them a permanent web tribute. I'll open the post on Nov 27, you can follow online the contributions here....

Who I am as a guitarist is defined by my failure to become Jimi Hendrix.

John Mayer

When I think about Jimi comes to my mind the idea of a electric flow pumped from an human heart.
Pedro Chambel

Gunnar Geisse main influence is Hendrix, of course. I saw him six, eight times. First time at The Olympia in Paris in 1966, opening for Johnny Hallyday, I met him at age 14, to give him a PICATO green strings O9 gauge. The guy that were The MC knew that i were a hard fan of Jimi Hendrix (saw him on stage 8 times live) and phoned me. Before the second Hendrix OLYMPIA show in 1964 or 65... and the last time at the Isle Of Wight Festival. It was groovy, man. [laughs]...

Richard Pinhas

Richard Bonnet

To me, Jimi was a lot like Albert Ayler or Dewey Redman or Pharoah Sanders – a genuine storyteller that could use raw emotion in extended doses, for extended lengths, with a core that was always natural and real. Like Wes, he is another musician who sounds better and better in retrospect – everything he played was so true.
Pat Metheny

...when I heard Hendrix, I felt something very strong there. He improvised as a Jazz Musician, played the blues and psychedelic rock with elements of all kinds. I loved his playing. I would not say that Jimi Hendix was a jazz guitarist, but an astonishingly creative musician and so I respect him. He was impressed me at the time...

John Abercrombie

Paulo Chagas
Hendrix was a universe apart who accidentally collided with ours, changing everything. His guitar playing, his approach to the instrument, the physical involvement he had with the object, his music. He flew across any music genre, contaminating jazz, rock, blues and beyond. He’s been a major influence on me, especially on the dynamic side of playing but mostly on the attitude toward music: no boundaries. He had none. As the years are passing I’m more and more convinced that he never left this planet. He simply mutated in pure energy. 

Eraldo Bernocchi

Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.  Jimi Hendrix

Plamen Hubenov. Palais de Marí

Samm Bennett

Nick Didkovsky 

O-Bri Noise

Jimmy has made guitar playing a really fun, the rules' beauty is trespass them
jimi ha reso suonare la chitarra un puro divertimento, il bello delle regole e' infrangerle!

Ninni Morgia 

Saville Theatre concert in London

I attende his legendary Saville Theatre concert in London. I was playing around the corner at Bunjies Coffee Cellar and Dave Kelly, a very young Dave Kelly (from The Blues Band) came running in and told us to come and check out this guy playing....we did. Then we had to go back and finish our set. Difficult but inspiring in the long term.

For all of us, for everybody who has also a small interest about guitar, Jimi is a turning point: there was a way to play guitar before Jimi and there is another way to play guitar after him. That is. Nothing else. Every guitar player, it doesn't matter if he plays electric, classical or acoustic has to deal with Jimi, maybe fight against him, but there is no escape. Jimi was the demostration that Adorno was wrong: popular culture can grow over, can shows there is a new thing, a new way to be innovative and to escape oru cultural limits. That is.

Andrea Aguzzi

Everyone who knows me knows how much I love the music of Jimi Hendrix and has probably heard this story: early one morning in August of 1969 I hitchhiked down to to the City to wander around.
I stopped into Manny's Music and was trying out a cheapo guitar.  I was deep into the theory and practice of extreme guitar noise but as far as traditional guitar techniques went, I was a rank novice.  I certainly knew the chords to G-L-O-R-I-A though and was pounding them out when I noticed directly in front of me a pair of gold boots and brilliant turquoise pants.  I looked up. There standing in front of me, smiling down at me - Jimi.  I looked up.  I stuttered Uh Hi.  He goes Uh Hi.  I put the guitar down VERY quickly while Jimi tried out fuzzboxes for the next hour or so while I floated.

Elliott Sharp

Henry Kaiser

Para mi , Jimi Hendrix es el guitarrista eléctrico más importante de la historia, todo su arte, su forma de vestir, su sonido, su independencia para tocar y cantar, sus composiciones... son una sola cosa, una obra maestra terminada, perfecta. Es una de mis mas importantes influencias, sin ninguna duda. Y quiero decir en lo que Jimi jamás sera igualado: su intensidad, su energía es como la explosión de un millón de soles. Eso sólo sería suficiente para considerarlo el más grande de todos los tiempos.

For me, Jimi Hendrix is the most important electric guitarist in history, all their art, their dress, their sound, their independence to play and sing, his compositions... are a unique, a finished masterpiece, a perfect one. It is one of my most important influences, without any doubt. And I mean what Jimi never be equaled: in his intensity, his energy is like the explosion of a million of suns. That alone would be enough to consider the greatest of all time.

My first real exposure to Hendrix was when I heard the Experience at the Auditorium in Chicago. Friends had played a few album tracks for me, but they didn't prepare me for the live Experience. Before then I listened mostly to B.B. King and British pop stars. Hendrix changed the way I thought, in a visceral way, about the instrument and how I thought about music.

I think the first person who kind of broke my mind was probably Jimi Hendrix. Listening to him opened my mind up to where you can take music and how far you can take rock n' roll.

King Tuff

John King

Gilbert Isbin

27 Nov 1942
Jean Marc Montera

Hainer Wörmann


Lee Riley

Anselm Kiefer

Jimi Hendrix is a "mind altering" player. He is responsible for generations to carry on playing guitar no matter what. the man

Amyt Datta

He's the reason I play guitar. I was listening to The Byrds when I was 10, to Roger McGuinn, and I was very enchanted with his playing on the 12-string. But it was hearing Hendrix's 'Manic Depression' that changed me. It was a new record that had just come out, and I hadn’t heard it, but me and my twin brother'd seen it, and it looked cool. In those days, there was no underground radio in California -- that was about two years away. We had bought records that looked cool, but sometimes they weren't all that great. They had a cool cover, cool band name, cool album title, but it was a crapshoot. We were spending our entire allowances on records back then, and didn't know what we were getting.

We knew Hendrix's 'Are You Experienced?' had to be cool from looking at it, but when we heard 'Manic Depression' come on the top 30 radio -- which is still mysterious because the single was 'Purple Haze' -- we knew this was the record. That was like being jolted by electricity. It was like nothing we'd ever experienced before. It caught us off guard. And I knew immediately that playing guitar was going to be the path of my life. It was history, magic, electricity, coolness, all the above. So, Jimi Hendrix was the big “A-HA!” moment for me.

Nels Cline

Enrique Mateu 

David Fenech 

Roberto Zorzi 

Peace and Love


Barry Cleveland 

"Excuse me, while I kiss the sky." (Image for Jimi) 
Steve Parry 

You can predict many musical styles and trends based on knowledge of the past. You can have some early warning of hurricanes, floods. Maybe there's even a way to pick a winning horse consistently, or figure out where the stock market is going. But no one could have seen Jimi Hendrix coming. 

Jimi Hendrix 1967

In March 1967 I heard CREAM with Eric Clapton for the first time, in April ROLLING STONES with Brian Jones and Keith Richards for the first time, in May YARDBIRDS with Jimmi Page for the first time and in June JIMI HENDRIX for the first time. In three months time, I as a 16 year old, heard five of the most influential rock guitarists of all time.
And if somebody, after JIMIs concert, had told me that THE EXPERIENCE had just landed from Mars......I would surely have believed them....... 

Ben Tyree - Guitar, Kevin Farrell - Bass, Jeremy "Bean" Clemons - Drums
Hendrix's contributions are forever embedded in the DNA of music and the guitar. He was an iconoclast and game changer. Music/guitar was dramatically different after he came along than it was before.

Whether or not you know it, Hendrix's unique and revolutionary style of playing, usage of effects, songwriting and production have profoundly reverberated in all branches of Black American Music. You cannot find ONE serious guitarist that has not been touched by his artistry the world over!

The ink on my left arm reminds me every day to reinvest in my commitment to music and the guitar; to bring the same level of enthusiasm, personality, focus and even humor to what I do; to never give up and to always keep searching.

'Keep on Straight Ahead!'
Ben Tyree
November 2015, NYC)

Jimi Hendrix is for me the beginning of the transformation of the electric guitar from an acoustic guitar with a little bit of apparatus added, to a whole other instrument altogether. While the humble setup of fuzz, wah and uni-vibe with expression pedal may not seem like much, in combination with several marshall guitar stacks it enabled Jimi to transform his instrument as well as the sound of rock music as we know it.

When Hendrix was alive, he was following technology closely, having pedals custom built and playing them onstage the same day. Roger Mayer ofter went to a gig do deliver an octavio in such a manner. I’m sure if he were alive today he would be using electronic processing in the same way as he used fuzz, without ever losing focus of the soul and emotion of the music.

Jimi Hendrix changed my life...  As a teenager I wore out a cassette tape of Axis:Bold as Love in my Walkman as I tuned out the stagnant and oppressive conditions and institutions I was thrown into.  His albums were a sanctuary of fuzz, fantasy, and blues revolution.  His live shows, which I have only experienced on recordings (the man died nearly a decade before my birth), are high energy infernos that continue to inspire the sonic environments I attempt to create with my electric guitar and my band, Ahleuchatistas.  Unrelenting, generous, ecstatic outpourings of passion, beauty, honesty, and grit.  Happy birthday Jimi, I humbly bow in gratitude before your legacy.  

Shane Parish



I love Hendrix

Gilad Hekselman


Bill Gilonis


Fire. Jimi Hendrix
Cyrus Pireh


Eric Wong



Angela Babin


Everybody has a Jimi Hendrix story, here’s mine.
When I was a kid, seven, I guess…I heard Jimi Hendrix’s early singles on the AM radio. Hey Joe, Purple Haze, Foxy Lady and my favorite, Manic Depression. I loved this music! Later, my sisters owned the Experience album with the fisheye lens portrait of the band…and later, Electric Ladyland and Cry of Love too. In contrast, the Beatles were lightweight compared to Hendrix. Heavy.

I was a child and taking my first piano lessons when I first heard Hendrix By adolescence, I was playing guitar and learning songs off records. Unlike later rock acts, every song was an opportunity for Hendrix to generate another white light/purple explosion guitar solo. While a lot of rock musicians stayed in safe territory, close to the recorded version of a song, Hendrix was always looking for new ways to channel energy. He was closer to the spirit of Jazz, improvising a new version of the tune with every performance.  Surprise.

I was a bored ten year old and I would watch for the mail and local newspaper to be delivered every day. I remember seeing the news of Jimi Hendrix’s death in the NJ Home News. I didn’t understand the impact of this event at the time, but it was sad day all the same.

Technology was changing quickly at the time, new recording hardware and guitar doodads appearing weekly. Hendrix embraced it all, following Les Paul down the rabbit hole of studio experimentation.  Magic.

Hendrix was my early inspiration for cutting loose on the guitar, to make my mark on a tune. Any sound was OK, from the blues to a loud scrape on the strings to outside atonality. Discovery.

The man played an electric guitar and showed us the way. Happy Birthday Jimi Hendrix, genius of modern music.

David Beardsley


Robert Fripp

It is imprinted in my mind when 2 friends and I lowered Are You Experienced onto the long spindle of my portable record player in my college dormitory, fresh from the record store, and being absolutely stunned by the music, the new sounds, and the intense emotional contact. To my ears, there is still nothing quite comparable. Perhaps Hendrix is the only electric guitarist? Everyone else plays amplified guitar? .... I saw Hendrix twice but have the strongest memory of the second concert, with Soft Machine opening, when I recall, pinned to the back wall of the small college theater in Denver, that he started Foxy Lady VERY VERY slowly ….. Much much later I fantasized about Hendrix playing my Manifold Guitar.

Jimi was a tremendous influence and a huge part of my development as a musician and artist. His music still touches me deeply and after all these years, I always hear something new when listening to him. Jimi was a rare combination of great guitarist, songwriter, studio master and sonic experimenter - just listen to his 1983… (A Merman I Should Turn To Be) for proof of that. And as a performer he was simply incredible. Here’s a video of me performing his rendition of All Along The Watchtower. His playing on this track is timeless. Always a daunting task trying to recreate Jimi even for an instructional video. Besides that, it was simply fun to do.

I guess it was about 40 years ago when I first listened to Hendrix. I had a mono record player, but after I heard EXP on “Axis Bold as Love”, utilizing lots of panning effects, I bought a stereo system, mounting the speakers right next to my ears so I could experience them better. Then I watched his performance in the Woodstock movie, and his energy and screaming guitar still throws chills down my spine. I sold the electric I had and bought a Strat plus a distortion pedal, to the dismay of my parents.

How does one relate to music one heard 40 years ago? If it was the noise and the stereo field, here’s a track the way how I’d approach that today.

 Hans Tammen

The first time I listened to Jimi Hendrix. I remember it very well. I was ill at home lying on the couch drowsy with fever and the TV was on. They were showing a documentary about Woodstock. I woke up towards the end and heard Jimmy Hendrix playing "Star Spangled Banner." I was completely mesmerized. I remember getting up and turning up the TV. I had probably heard it before, but that's when it clicked in. I was 13, the age when you start absorbing music. My father had been trying to teach me guitar ever since I was six, without much success. After the film was over I picked it up and I thought, how do I do this? And I just practiced and practiced and practiced. From that moment on I was inseparable from my guitar.

Stian Westerhus

Mark Hewins