Monday, March 15, 2010

Counterfactual of the week

What if Jimi Hendrix had not died prematurely in September 1970? And what if Miles Davis, who reportedly admired the guitarist, had agreed to form a new fusion band in 1971 with Hendrix included? John McLaughlin was remarkable in his own idiosyncratic fashion, but it is interesting to imagine what the Davis-Hendrix combination might have sounded like. Perhaps with Tony Williams or Billy Cobham on the kit, and Jaco or Stanley Clarke on bass. Chick Corea or Hancock on keys. It might have been the End of Music. No anxiety of influence after that, right? Its also regretful that Jeff Beck never directly collaborated with Davis during the former's fusion flirtations in the 70s.

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