The Rocking Freddie King

Posted by Joe Goldmark, September 15, 2015 06:30pm | Post a Comment

Freddie King

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You didn’t have to be named King to be a blues master…but it helped! The three kings of the blues were Freddie King, Bossa Nova BluesAlbert, B.B., and Freddie King. They were all great, but Freddie King rocked the hardest. He was also the only one to have instrumental hits. And, like the others he could also sing the heck out of the blues.

Freddie roughly had two stages to his career. While with King Records (of Freddie King, Let's Hide Awaycourse!) he started having instrumental hits in the early 1960s. Tunes like “Hideaway,” “The Stumble,” “San-Ho-Zay,” “Sen-Sa-Shun,” and “Side Tracked” put him on the map as a major guitar slinger. Then in 1967 he signed with the Atlantic subsidiary, Cotillion Records, and was able to break out of the chitlin’ circuit and into the rock world. He made a couple of interesting albums, then got his major break by signing with Shelter Records. He then made three wonderful albums, taking the blues to new and exciting places with tunes such as “Going Down,” “Palace of the King,” and “Livin’ on the Highway.”

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Enter To Win A Guitar Courtesy Of The Black Ryder At Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 6, 2015 06:29pm | Post a Comment

Australian duo The Black Ryder are joining us at Amoeba SF for a live set and signing on Sunday, May 17th. Their latest album, The Door Behind the Door, is their much-anticipated follow-up to their devastatingly textured, swirling 2010 debut, Buy The Ticket, Take the Ride.

Renowned for their spellbinding guitar-fueled wall of sound, it's only fitting that The Black Ryder are giving away a Fender Squier Jazzmaster guitar in honor of their appearance at Amoeba SF. Come down to Amoeba San Francisco to enter to win! Contest ends May 18th.

Remembering Paco de Lucia

Posted by Rick Frystak, February 26, 2014 12:45pm | Post a Comment

Paco de Lucia

Today, the world lost a giant of music, as Maestro Paco de Lucia passed away, at 66 years young, from a heart attack at a resort in Mexico. “Paco lived as he wished and died playing with his children beside the sea,” said a statement from de Lucia’s family published on the websites of Spanish newspapers.

Paco took the Flamenco style and tradtition of the elders in the genre and blasted off into his own universe, to some early criticism, owning every note of his huge legacy and backing up all his moves with incredible chops and technique. I had many unforgettable chances to see Paco in person doing his thing, each a unique and unpredictable experience, except for the sheer technical mastery of his instrument always present. I also took away from these shows Paco’s palpable confidence, his air of “badass”-ness that deservedly asserted his own internal awareness of what he was doing in the moment. I lament his passing, and will miss him tremendously. Adios, Paco.

Fortunately we have much in the visual and audio realms  to see and hear Paco, and to mark the absolutely inimitable place that Paco held in the music landscape. The 2-CD set, En  Vivo Conciertos, won a Grammy and is a most enjoyable album, displaying Paco’s genius live, and represents the last tour he did almost exactly. Amoeba has some true gems of Paco’s here.

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Congratulations to the Winner of the Gibson Flying V Guitar

Posted by Amoebite, January 16, 2012 01:14pm | Post a Comment
Gibson Guitar Winner
Congratulations to Brandon, the lucky winner of our Gibson Guitar contest! Brandon won a limited edition Gibson Silverburst Flying V guitar with a case and a $50 Amoeba gift certificate.

Thanks to our friends at TrueTone Music and Gibson for the guitar!

And thanks to Brandon's family (Karen, Cisco, Sophia and Alex) for their patience listening to him wail out on his brand new axe.

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Happy Birthday Gábor Szabó!!

Posted by Whitmore, March 8, 2010 09:22pm | Post a Comment
Gabor Szabo 
According to legend -- and we always print the myth around here -- while growing up in Budapest, the Hungarian born jazz legend Gabor Szabo was inspired to pick up the guitar after seeing a Roy Rogers singing cowboy feature. He started playing at about fourteen and at the age of twenty, on the eve of the anti-Communist uprising, he and his family escaped the Iron Curtain for sun saturated California.
After attending Berklee College (1958-60), he joined Chico Hamilton’s celebrated quintet featuring Charles Lloyd. Gabor Szabo would develop into one of the most original guitarists to emerge in the 1960s, crafting a singular and distinctive sound. From about 1966 on he would lead his own bands (that year alone he released four albums including the stellar Spellbinder and Jazz Raga -- with one of the coolest looking album covers ever printed!). Unlike most every jazz guitarist of the day, Szabo almost always played an acoustic guitar, specifically a Martin Dreadnought guitar, usually the D-45 or the D-285. I suspect Szabo, for the most part, was never taken as seriously as he would have liked in the jazz world, what with his mixing of jazz, commercial rock and pop, folk, Hungarian and gypsy music, it just didn’t fit the program. But Gabor Szabo was always the iconoclast. You can still hear his influence on modern guitarists today.
Szabo’s career was relatively brief. He died just short of his 46th birthday back in Budapest in 1982 from liver and kidney disease while on a visit there. Today would have been his 74th birthday. Happy birthday Gabor Szabo!

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