RIP, Ed Bickert

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  1. Trevordog

    Trevordog Member

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    One of the all-time jazz guitar greats died 2/28. Canadian guitarist Ed Bickert, who played jazz on a Tele for the last 45 years or so, and made it sound like a piano, was one of the best that ever lived.
    RIP, Ed...
     
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    RIP Ed.

    I was just reading an old '87 issue of GP and Ed was on the front cover.

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    ripple To keep fresh, keep capped & cold. Silver Supporting Member

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    I did not know... very sad. RIP Ed.

    There's some great playing throughout this record (and great jazz tones from a Tele):
     
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    I just heard this morning - he had retired many years ago but still sad to know he’s gone. I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with him once (I was on sax in a big band and he was featured guest soloist) - good guy, incredible player.
     
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    I loved his playing and attitude. I take inspiration. Well done Ed!
     
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    Bickert was a monster. Thanks for the music, brotha.
     
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    He was a master of masters - RIP
     
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    One of the very finest ever, and a very sweet gentleman.
     
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    The only man who could intimidate Jim Hall... Sad to see him go. I saw him live years ago with the Canadian Big Band Rob Mcconnell and the Boss Brass. What an amazing player. I remember him calling chords "grips" I learned some new grips today" Been using it ever since. Sad to see him go. I'm going to go on an Ed Bickert listening binge.
     
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    A great one...
     
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    Fantastic player. Have a vinyl copy of a live date with his trio. A telecaster jazz master with the most superlative tone.

    R.I.P. :(
     
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    I'm not into jazz guitar, but I like Ed's playing. Good thing there is a bunch of film and video clips of him performing. :)
     
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    I Love Ed's playing... touch, time, taste, tone. Sleep well, good sir.
     
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    Damn. I really wish I had been able to see him in person. My bass teacher played with him a few times years ago and says that in addition to Ed being a fantastic musician he was one of the nicest and humblest guys he had ever played with.
     
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    That issue came with a flexi-disk featuring all four of those players. Here it is, "Beyond Borders":

     
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    A great, great player. And a sweet man. He will be sorely missed. The following is from some notes by Steve Wallace.

    "One night before the first set, we were sitting around and Scott (Hamilton) said he felt like playing “I Love You Samantha,” an esoteric Cole Porter tune that Bing Crosby sang to Grace Kelly in High Society. It was the first and only time I’d ever seen Ed stumped by a tune, but it wasn’t that surprising, nobody around town ever played it. What was surprising was that by some fluky miracle, I did know it. I offered to jot out the chord changes on the back of a paper placemat so we could play it, and Ed reluctantly agreed. He did his usual masterful job of comping armed with this scratchy chart, but when it came time for a guitar solo, he shook his head and pointed to me: “You got it.”

I asked Ed about this after the set and he said he just wouldn’t play a solo on a tune from the chords alone, he had to know the melody otherwise he felt he was flying blind, couldn’t hear anything meaningful to play." http://www.uoftjazz.ca/2012/11/ed-bickert
     
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    I still have the flex disk, and it's still inside the magazine.
     
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    I have the flexi, too, but not in the magazine. You only had to play them a few times before they were pretty wrecked, and this one got super wrecked. I have a couple of dozen of those GP Sound Pages and I transferred them all to digital a few years ago.
     
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