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Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Few recordings can match the immediacy, the exhilaration, and the untamed virtuosity heard on this disc. Danny Gatton was a relatively unknown guitar master comfortable with myriad styles when he first hooked up with steel... more »
Few recordings can match the immediacy, the exhilaration, and the untamed virtuosity heard on this disc. Danny Gatton was a relatively unknown guitar master comfortable with myriad styles when he first hooked up with steel guitar force Buddy Emmons in 1977. Emmons, like Gatton a musical omnivore, had for two decades been one of Nashville's premier musicians, and when the two joined forces for the first time, the synergy was amazing and the compatibility was magical. After a few occasional gigs throughout 1978, the pair finally toured as the Redneck Jazz Explosion, a group that melded the jazz sensibility with country, blues, bluegrass, rock, and more, thereby moving beyond any simple categorization. This remarkable set comes from a New Year's Eve 1978 show in Gatton's native D.C., and it finds two incredibly talented men playing in an uninhibited but focused fashion. In terms of sheer technical prowess, Gatton and Emmons had few peers on their respective instruments, but what sets this collaboration apart is how speed and agility balances so nicely with feeling and creativity. The short-lived Explosion stands as one of the great instrumental ensembles, a lightning-in-a-bottle partnership that thankfully is documented on this essential recording. --Marc Greilsamer
Save And Buy The Reissue
Luna Media | Maryland | 03/19/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Note: This has been re-released as "Redneck Jazz Explosion Vol. I," so you don't have to pay collectors prices.
The "Redneck Jazz Explosion" band showcased on this live album by the same name does indeed feature Gatton at his best, but in my view, this is also the best Buddy Emmons recording ever made. Emmons, who is a Nashville legend, single-handedly rewrote the book on steel guitar. Listen to this and you'll know why. The two of them together is well, just buy this and hear it for yourself.
Please also note: Some of the reviews below refer to "Redneck Jazz," which is actually a different recording from a slightly earlier period in Gatton's career. The "Redneck Jazz" recording in it's original form featured the "Danny Gatton Band" and was primarily a vocal record first released in red, and later gold vinyl. Evan Johns, who is credited with originating the term Redneck Jazz to describe Danny's style, wrote the buoyant title track. This earlier recording included cameo appearances by Buddy Emmons and Steve Wolf who became mainstays of Gatton's later band: "The Redneck Jazz Explosion." To further confuse the issue, when "Redneck Jazz" was finally released in CD form, two "Explosion" songs by the later band were included as bonus tracks. Like the live "Explosion" CD, "Redneck Jazz" is a landmark album in Danny's career and should also be a part of any complete Gatton collection. Unfortunately, it's currently out of print and can only be had at collector's prices.