Jimi Hendrix


Born: November 27, 1942; Seattle, WA   Died: September 18, 1970; London, England  
In his brief four-year reign as a superstar, Jimi Hendrix expanded the vocabulary of the electric rock guitar more than anyone before or since. Hendrix was a master at coaxing all manner of unforeseen sonics from his instrument, often with innovative amplification experiments that produced astral-quality feedback and roaring distortion. His frequent hurricane blasts of noise and dazzling showmanship -- he could and would play behind his back and Read more with his teeth and set his guitar on fire -- has sometimes obscured his considerable gifts as a songwriter, singer, and master of a gamut of blues, R&B, and rock styles. Are You Experienced? was an astonishing debut, particularly from a young R&B veteran who had rarely sung and apparently never written his own material before the Experience formed. What caught most people's attention at first was his virtuosic guitar playing, which employed an arsenal of devices, including wah-wah pedals, buzzing feedback solos, crunching distorted riffs, and lightning, liquid runs up and down the scales. But Hendrix was also a first-rate songwriter, melding cosmic imagery with some surprisingly pop-savvy hooks and tender sentiments. He was also an excellent blues interpreter and passionate, engaging singer (although his gruff, throaty vocal pipes were not nearly as great assets as his instrumental skills). Are You Experienced? was psychedelia at its most eclectic, synthesizing mod pop, soul, R&B, Dylan, and the electric guitar innovations of British pioneers like Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, and Eric Clapton. Amazingly, Hendrix would only record three fully conceived studio albums in his lifetime. Axis: Bold as Love and the double-LP Electric Ladyland were more diffuse and experimental than Are You Experienced? On Electric Ladyland in particular, Hendrix pioneered the use of the studio itself as a recording instrument, manipulating electronics and devising overdub techniques to plot uncharted sonic territory.

After his death, a series of ill-conceived posthumous recordings threatened to tarnish Hendrix's legacy, and reinforced his reputation as an inconsistent performer. After a lengthy legal battle, the rights to everything Hendrix were rightfully granted to Jimi's father Al Hendrix in 1995. 1997 was the beginning of Experience Hendrix's extensive reissue program, finally giving Hendrix's music the respect it deserves.~ Richie Unterberger and Sean Westergaard Read less
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  • 1.
    Past Future: Arrangements For Electric Bass
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572650 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Alm,  Henry Eccles,  Magnus Rosen,  Jimi Hendrix  ... 
    Performer:  Magnus Rosen,  Susana Risberg
    Conductor:  David Björkman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Hvila String Quartet
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    Mix-5: Premiere Recordings For Bassoon And Cello
    Label: Paradox   Catalog: 5637732201 Release Date: 01/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Martin Zalba Ibanez,  Mike Curtis,  Guang Ya Liu,  Paul Desmond  ... 
    Performer:  Mateusz Wolski,  Jennifer Scriggins,  Tana Bland,  Sean Lamont  ... 
    Conductor:  Verne Windham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paradox (Classical Duo)
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    Have You Ever Been…? / Turtle Island Quartet
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 32094 Release Date: 08/24/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jimi Hendrix,  David Balakrishnan,  John McLaughlin,  Bob Dylan  ... 
    Performer:  Mads Tolling,  David Balakrishnan,  Mark Summer,  Jeremy Kittel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Island String Quartet
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    Jokes / Quintetto Bislacco
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 57909 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Astor Piazzolla,  Bernardo Stalman,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Duilio Galfetti,  Gustavo Fioravanti,  Enrico Fagone,  Marco Radaelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintetto Bislacco
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    Label: Tantara Records   Catalog: 508 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sean O'Loughlin,  Thomas Tallis,  David Sargent,  Vincent Persichetti  ... 
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    Kennedy - Live À La Citadelle
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65908 Release Date: 10/03/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jimi Hendrix
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy,  Jakub Haufa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Chamber Orchestra
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    Label: Gale Recordings   Catalog: 5637397585 Release Date: 04/02/2002  
    Composer:  Roberto Sierra,  Astor Piazzolla,  Bryan Johanson,  John Fitz Rogers  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Nicolella,  Joan Woodard,  Rob Tucker,  Felix Skowronek
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    Absolution / Kristjan Järvi, Absolute Ensemble
    Label: Enja   Catalog: 9394 Release Date: 02/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Daniel Schnyder,  Jimi Hendrix,  Charles [20th C] Coleman,  Matt Herskowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Absolute Ensemble
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    Smart Went Crazy - Zappa, Et Al / Meridian Arts Ensemble
    Label: Channel Crossings   Catalog: 4192 Release Date: 01/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Jimi Hendrix,  Norman Yamada,  Kirk Nurock  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Bobo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Meridian Arts Ensemble
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    Sculthorpe, Sallinen, Glass, Nancarrow / Kronos Quartet
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79111 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jimi Hendrix,  Conlon Nancarrow,  Philip Glass,  Aulis Sallinen  ... 
    Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud,  Hank Dutt,  John Sherba,  David Harrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
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