Musical ability

Mr. Rebennack was known as one of the great boogie piano players. As you can see here he had great, great, economy in movement.

Further:

Rebennack’s career as a guitarist was stunted around 1960,[13] when the ring finger on his left (guitar fretting) hand was injured by a gunshot during an incident at a Jacksonville, Florida gig.[14][15] After the injury, Rebennack concentrated on bass guitar before making piano his main instrument, developing a style influenced by Professor Longhair.

7 thoughts on “Musical ability”

  1. Dennis, Prepped For A Night Of Ballroom Dancing (They Don't Call Me Featherfoot For Nothing, You Know)

    Professor Longhair stated that he developed his style in large part because he had unusually small hands for a piano player. He also stated, quite correctly, that playing styles are usually developed because of a player’s limitations, rather than his strengths, on the instrument he plays.

  2. I play the piano a bit and try not to get too jealous of people who can do it really well. I have a reasonable amount of musicality but I didn’t start learning until I was around 40 so I have forever been playing catch up. I’ve seen quite a few videos of people playing those public pianos that they have in railway stations, some of those are excellent.

  3. I saw Professor Longhair in London at one of his ( the? ) last concerts. Just him and a conga player.

    One of the best gigs ever.

  4. If you ever get a chance, go see Bayou Maharajah, the documentary that Lily Keber made about about James Booker. Incredible.

  5. Philip Scott Thomas

    Rebennack’s career as a guitarist was stunted around 1960, when the ring finger on his left (guitar fretting) hand was injured by a gunshot

    Yet Django got by with only three fingers on his left (guitar fretting) hand. And what he and Grappelli created was truly magical.

  6. There’s no better music for relaxing in a darkened room with a herbal ciggy than his “Gris Gris” album.

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