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There are these rare moments when musicians together touch something sweeter than they've ever found before in rehearsals or performance, beyond the merely collaborative or technically proficient, when their expression becomes as easy and graceful as friendship or love. This is when they give us a glimpse of what we might be, of our best selves, and of an impossible world in which you give everything you have to others, but lose nothing of yourself. Out in the real world there exist detailed plans, visionary projects for peaceable realms, all conflicts resolved, happiness for everyone, for ever – mirages for which people are prepared to die and kill. Christ's kingdom on earth, the workers' paradise, the ideal Islamic state. But only in music, and only on rare occasions, does the curtain actually lift on this dream of community, and it is tantalizingly conjured, before fading away with the last notes - Ian McEwan, from his novel Saturday

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Offline Johnm

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Re: Otis Rush, RIP
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2018, 05:17:17 PM »
God, was Otis Rush great.  An amazing guitarist and possibly an even better singer.  I only got to see him perform once or twice and felt like he was a musician, rather than an entertainer, which I certainly didn't object to, since I came to hear music.  He was just taking care of business, which was fine with me.  I have to admit I didn't know he was still alive, and thought he had passed a while ago, but I guess he had been incapacitated for some time.  I hope he is peaceful now.

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Re: Otis Rush, RIP
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2018, 06:30:17 PM »
Jeezus. Clapton and Page mentioned in the first paragraph. SMH... too sad.

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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2018, 07:01:02 PM »
I kick myself for missing some of the guys who are gone now.  But I saw Otis Rush in Denver (30+ years ago?) and he was great. RIP.

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Re: Otis Rush, RIP
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2018, 07:21:53 PM »
Also, what Rivers said.  Why on earth does an artist like Otis Rush need to be validated other than on his own terms?
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Re: Otis Rush, RIP
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2018, 06:19:08 AM »
One of the best ever. Man, could he make that Epiphone Riviera wail.

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Re: Otis Rush, RIP
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2018, 07:45:24 PM »
Otis Rush was a genius. For anyone new to this the Cobra recordings are the best of the best.

https://www.amazon.com/Essential-Otis-Rush-Recordings-1956-1958/dp/B00004YLOA

Also, get the Cobra box set:

https://www.amazon.com/Cobra-Records-Story-Chicago-1956-1958/dp/B000003CKV

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