Obama’s Blues: ‘The Thrill is Gone Baby, The Thrill Has Gone Away From Me’

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B.B. King  – Crossroads Festival 2010


[VIDEO] Late Night Jazz: Jeff Beck, Tal Wilkenfeld & Vinnie Colaiuta, Live at Ronnie Scott’s – London, 2007

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Ronnie scott’s London 2007

The DVD at Amazon: Jeff Beck: Live at Ronnie Scott’s

This is the performance that introduced a lot of people to bassist Tal Wilkenfeld. Very young at the time (around 22) and enormous talent. Great chops, tasteful, soulful (with an album of her own, too) with a fully developed knowledge of jazz, blues, and funk history, and natural confidence. Her tour with Jeff Beck during that period turned the music world upside down, no one expecting to see a side-player so young, that no one had ever heard of.  Between this performance, and the Crossroads Guitar Festival shows in Chicago, Wilkenfeld established herself as a solid player and stirred quite a buzz. From her website:

Perhaps her remarkable musical gift is best summed up by Jeff Beck, who enthused,

“What can I say about Tal Wilkenfeld? How does one describe an astonishing talent? The answer is, you don’t. You listen, and watch, as 45,000 people did in Chicago at the Crossroads Festival 2007. I have witnessed special moments in my time, but to see all those ‘dyed-in-the-wool’ blues fanatics and guitar freaks go berzzzzerk half way through her solo left me emotional, and that is an understatement. The word proud is barely adequate.”

Widely hailed as “the rising star of the bass guitar,” Tal Wilkenfeld first picked up guitar at the age of 14, in her native Sydney, Australia. She soon realized her passion and decided to pursue music professionally in the United States. After six months of studying guitar in Los Angeles, Tal found her true calling, and switched to the bass…

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