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One simply cannot talk about people of importance to this genre without tipping the hat to the most masterful musician, teacher, musicologist, producer, folklorist and preservationist of the traditional blues. By now, Stefan Grossman is a venerated, iconoclastic and respected acoustic blues figure of mega-proportions. He came out of the vibrant Greenwich Village, New York, 1960s scene around Washington Square, where so many American folk and blues musicians launched their careers. His friend and occasional collaborator, Steve Katz, formerly of the Even Dozen Jug Band, the Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears, once half jokingly told this writer: “There we were, all these New York Jews playing the black blues.” Indeed, the blues had a strong influence on young New Yorkers during the folk revival. These musicians, Stefan Grossman, Happy & Artie Traum, Danny Kalb, and many others, in turn had a powerful influence on the acceptance of the blues by the American baby boomer generation at large; and, they significantly helped to launch the folk, roots & blues revival, thereby reinvigorating the careers of many original blues musicians whose careers had waned.

Many people know Stefan Grossman as the paramount teacher and entrepreneur in what has become the world’s largest “blues school”, Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop. He is one of the most skilled guitarists in the genre, having been a student of Rev. Gary Davis in New York City. He also picked up lessons directly from Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Skip James, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and others.

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  • Artist: Buster B Jones, Stefan Grossman & John Miller Publisher: Vestapol
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    featuring Buster B. Jones, Stefan Grossman & John Miller

    Buster B. Jones
    "Buster B. Jones is one of the finest players we've heard in years... His technique is only a means to an end. His true gifts are his melodic sense, innate musicianship, unfailing human, and brilliant improvisational powers. He can drive a tune with fluid rhythmic force or stroke it with sensuous, loving touch." - Guitar Player Magazine
    In 1988, Brad Jones entered Guitar Player Magazine's International Guitar Competition with his own composition Back Porch Boogie and a rendition of Limehouse Blues. He entered on a whim, at the last minute, using a $1.50 K-Mart cassette tape and a boom box. There were almost 900 entries, and he won on the first ballot. In 1990, he won the National Fingerpicking Championship at Winfield, Kansas. He performed with Chet Atkins, Tommy Jones, Marcel Dadi, Thom Bresh and John Knowles. He was a regular at the annual conventions in Nashville and France of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society. In France they dubbed him LE MACHINE GUN. Buster passed away in 2009.

    Titles include: Guitarville, Wild Turkey, Walk In The Park, Just Us, Back Porch Boogie, The Prelude, Funky Fingers, The Buster B. Boogie, Fingers In Flight, Au Revoir Mon Ami, Live At Five and Pierpaolo  

    Stefan Grossman
    "Grossman in particular, has been responsible almost single-handedly for maintaining and enriching the tradition of folk guitar playing. He has made himself master of countless blues, folk and ragtime styles." - Music Week
    Stefan Grossman has been recording, performing and writing about acoustic fingerstyle techniques and styles for over fifty years. During the period from 1965-1975 he studied and traveled with some of the legendary figures in the story of blues guitar i.e. Rev. Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, Fred McDowell, Son House and Skip James. In the last years he has recorded and performed solo as well as with John Renbourn, Paul Simon, Sam Mitchell Jo Ann Kelly, Duck Baker and Mickey Baker.

    Titles include: Candyman, Twelve Sticks, I'm Satisfied, You Got The Pocketbook I Got The Key, Special Rider Blues, Blues For The Mann, Just A Closer Walk With Thee and Glory of Love

    John Miller
    "One of the most exciting and innovative guitarists performing today." -  Pickin'
    At the age of 12, John Miller was inspired to play the guitar after seeing Mississippi John Hurt perform at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. He bought his first guitar at the age of 16 and launched into an intensive period of study of Country Blues guitar, learning the music of John Hurt, Mance Lipscomb, Bo Carter, Blind Blake and other greats. By the time he was twenty-seven, John had released five solo albums to international critical acclaim. Those albums ranged from Country Blues and Old Time country music to the songs of George Gershwin. For the next 15 years, John focused on teaching, founding two music camps, composing and building a vocabulary in Jazz and Latin music. 

    Titles include: Bye Bye Blackbird, Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me, Mistreating Mama Blues, Shake 'em On Down, Jailhouse Blues, Easy Rider Blues, Rocks and Gravel, Hey There, The Nearness of You

    Running Time: 103 minutes

    Review: I thought originally, that all three might be discussing music and ideas together and performing and sharing tunes together. But all are treated seperately. This is quite ok. Buster comes first and I knew nothing of him to begin with. He's an absolute machine of course and very interesting particularly his Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed demo. Wonder if Buster is familiar with our incredible machine from Australia ie. Tommy Emannuel

    Stefan Grossman has performed and talked about his influences and particular pieces he plays throughout his whole output in recording and instructional catalogue over the years, so nothing was new coming from him. Still, for those not familiar with Grossman, they will get much from his discussion and performance pieces. Apart from his great Blues For the Mann piece which is his most difficult offering, he plays well within himself and on such a DVD as this, that is not a bad thing.

    John Miller like Grossman presents with restraint in his offering. But his contribution like Grossman's is no less inspiring and interesting for guitarists and enthusiasts. As said elsewhere, he's an absolute champion of his craft. - Ken/Amazon Customer Review
     

     

     

     
     
     
     

     

     

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