Happy OSF! Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsies
Favorite band? Not even a contest.
Ever since I was 12 my favorite musician of all time has been Jimi Hendrix. Like so many thousands of young kids from that era, he’s the whole reason I picked up a guitar. Although my list of influences has broadened greatly since that day neearly forty years ago when my cousin Rowena first intrduced me to Jimi’s “Smash Hits”, no one musician has ever meant more to me than this brother.
And his “Band of Gypsies” album, recorded live at the Fillmore East, is, in my opinion, possibly his best recorded live performance ever. And I’ve heard just about every one that’s ever been recorded that you can find – black market or otherwise. Although he was great with Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding (The Experience), the combination of Hendrix with Buddy Miles on drums and Billy Cox on bass was the next step in rock music evolution. And the fact that it was ushered in by three brothers makes it all that more meaningful.
And “Machine Gun”…? Well, check it out for yourself.