Danny Gatton In Concert 9/9/94
Danny Gatton is pretty much considered to be one of the absolute best guitarists ever -- he's almost always rated in the top 20 by the critics -- unfortunately he was not very well known beyond the Washington D.C. area. This is a real treat.
Recorded a month before his tragic suicide, this new trio of Danny's plays mostly jazz at this date (with some rockabilly thrown in; Danny was never far away from bluegrass). He opens with a fast blues, as usual, and plays numbers that he has played many times before. One difference is that he is playing on a new guitar: with two necks, one a regular Tele, and the other a six string bass. The music is superb. "Secret Love" is achingly beautiful. "Blues Newburg" done very slow. Of course, the "Surf Medley" is worth the price of admission alone. "Caravan", another standard, is given a rousing treatment. And "Orange Blossom Special Medley", Danny's usual ending number is a wonderful romp through bluegrass, funk, and jazz. I also like that it was mixed and produced by his band, so what you get is what they what they intended you to hear. It's sad that he's gone but this is what it was like when he was alive.
1. Intro/Sunnymoon for Two 2. Land of Make Believe 3. Blues Newburg 4. 88 Elmira 5. Secret Love 6. Apache/Surf Medley 7. Caravan 8. Linus and Lucy 9. Orange Blossom Medley