Thank You Les
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An authentic, intimate look at Les Paul by those who worked closest with him. Star-studded cast includes Steve Miller, Keith Richards, José Feliciano, Billy F. Gibbons, Bucky Pizzarelli, Slash, and more. Featuring his own trio, this rare gathering of iconic musicians is historic in its preservation of Les spirit through a collection of jazz and blues standards that Les frequently performed and adored.
Guitarist Lou Pallo, ..., has an album coming out on September 11 that pays tribute to his late friend and bandmate Les Paul. Titled Thank You Les: A Tribute to Les Paul, the 21-track disc covers a range of styles pop, jazz, country, rock and blues all tastefully. Pallo sweetened the proceedings by including the contributions of a great wealth of guitar talent, including Keith Richards, Steve Miller (who wrote the CD s resonant liner notes), Billy Gibbons, Jose Feliciano, Slash, Johnny A, Bucky Pizzarelli, Arlen Roth, Nokie Edwards, Frank Vignola, Bob Leive, Tommy Doyle and Jon Paris. Other artists lending a hand are singers Eddie Brigati, Jr., Blondie Chaplin, Nicki Parrott, Lexie Roth, Melinda Doolittle and members of the Les Paul Trio.
Les was my guitar idol, and I was honored to work beside him and call him my friend for so many years, Pallo says. This tribute allows Les musicianship and sense of humor to take center stage giving everyone the opportunity to experience the Les Paul we knew well and the music he adored.
The songs on the album include many of Paul s favorites, along with others from the Great American Songbook. Thank You Les will be available as an individual CD and DVD, as well as in a combo package including both discs. The DVD documentary is a full-length behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album, and is loaded with interviews, rare photos, musical performances and bonus features.
The musical thread that runs throughout the CD and the DVD is the relationship between Les Paul and his longtime friend and rhythm guitarist Lou Pallo, who many credit with helping Paul revitalize his career as a live performer after they first met in 1963 and soon after began performing together.
From the album s opening track a briskly swinging version of Avalon, featuring the fleet and nifty fretwork of Frank Vignola to the closing cover of Over the Rainbow, it s hard to imagine a more gracious host for all involved than Pallo and the rest of the Les Paul Trio. No one ever overplays their hand or dabbles in self-indulgence. Throughout there seems to be a real sense of camaraderie, all of it originating in love and admiration for Paul. Tribute records of this sort are often thrown-together, so-so affairs, but this one is altogether lovely and inspired. --Jazziz Magazine
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For any fan of Les Paul or for that matter, music in general, this DVD is a must have. The intimate performances and personal stories told by the participants is like being let into an exclusive club, where the members give outsiders the rare chance to be on the inside. It's a special behind the scenes look at one of America's great (and underrated) geniuses that offers insights to Les Paul not heard before by the people who knew him best. The accompanying CD with 21 standards, recorded in analog by Ben Elliott, has a nice warm quality to the sound that perfectly suits the material. Some of the standout tracks for me are "Mister Sandman" with guitar virtuoso Arlen Roth, "Besame Mucho" with Jose Feliciano, a great vocal from Keith Richards on "It's Been a Long, Long Time" and a beautiful rendition of Charlie Chaplin's classic "Smile", featuring former Beach Boys singer, Blondie Chaplin and trumpeter Bob Leive. These are just a few of the great performances I could name, but overall, every track has its own special vibe that makes the CD a great listen and worth owning. Thank you "Thank You Les".
It's a brilliant tribute in song choice and in achieving that "Les Paul sound". Pallo shines throughout from his unswerving timing and complex chording to the gorgeous melodies he lays down. The guest tracks are equally brilliant. Only an industry inspirer like Les Paul could bring about a collaboration between Bucky Pizzarelli and Eddie Brigati (The Rascals) and only this cast of pros could pull off the "Flight of the Bumble Bee" in the middle of "Brazil". 21 magic tracks. Thank YOU Lou Pallo!
on. I have purchased two, one for my friend who also was influenced by Les Paul.