Posted by randy on November 06, 2000 at 09:40:44:
In Reply to: Once, again, Why John Popper? posted by el_pedro_nacho on November 03, 2000 at 13:57:16:
I think Popper did for harp what Eddie Van Halen did for guitar. Both are remarkable players. Fast, clean, fluid. I think a more appropriate comparison to Jimi is Little Walter. Little Walter put inflexion, ambiance and color to each note. He played in a manner not at all common at that time. Like Hendrix, he showed complete command of his instrument and played it his way, though neither started this way if you listen to early stuff by both men.
As far as liking their style, I agree with you. I don't like Popper's style and like very little of his music but at the same time have the utmost respect for his playing ability. He is a GREAT player without a doubt. Just not for me.
: I consider this to be the decisive reason people like John Popper: He is to the harp what Jimi Hendrix was to the guitar. This is not to say that John or Jimi were/are the best players of their instrument, just that they had a unique style.
: Now, some people don't like Jimi Hendrix. Some people don't like John Popper (or at least his style). What you have to consider is "Do I not like the music he plays or his style?" Because, let's be honest. Just because we all play harp here, does NOT mean that we all have to like EVERY harp player.
: The difference lies in a few areas. For example, I also play guitar. I don't care much for pop. I'd much rather listen to blues, or rock. But if another "boyband" came along, but they played guitar too, am I then obligated to enjoy and respect them? No. And say they are the best guitarists in the world; I still don't have to like them. I simply don't like pop.
: Now some people out there don't like Rock as much as they like Blues. And people like ol' Charlie Musselwhite (one of my favorite blues harpists) and Paul Butterfield, etc. are blues harp, while John is, despite his band's name, NOT blues. So don't think that you have to like Blues Traveler or John Popper's style because he plays harmonica. It's a matter of choice in styles.
: And at the risk of starting an argument, I guess some people just have a broader respect for harmonica style :)
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