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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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So, when Les' hand-picked guitar-partner, Lou Pallo, announced to the music world that he wanted to do a tribute album, they came. Steve Miller, Keith Richards, Billy F. Gibbons, Slash, Jose Feliciano, Bucky Pizzarelli, Eddie Brigatti Jr., Nokie Edwards, Frank Vignola, Nicki Parrott, Arlen and Lexi Roth, Tommy Doyle, Jon Paris, Bob Leive, Johnny A and Melinda Doolittle all showed up and gave us one of the most loving and moving musical tributes of recent memory.
This combination CD and DVD set lets you not only hear, but to see the amount of feeling all of these great performers had, and still have, for Les Paul.
Lovingly recorded for our enjoyment by Ben Elliott, Joni Forte and executive producer, Stephen Schiff, it belongs in the library of every music player and fan.
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!
I enjoyed it so much that I purchased copies for my children and several of my friends.
on. I have purchased two, one for my friend who also was influenced by Les Paul.