Jimi Hendrix

Experience Hendrix

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This home video presents highlights from two Jimi Hendrix tribute concerts, one held in his hometown of Seattle at the Paramount Theatre, the other outdoors at the San Diego Street Scene. The main part of the DVD is given over to the Seattle show, which is headlined by Buddy Guy and also features, in varying combinations, Hubert Sumlin, Paul Rodgers, Living Colour, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and others. Hendrix bassist Billy Cox and Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell back various guitarists. Some of the performers are intent upon re-creating Hendrix's guitar sound, as, for instance, Shepherd does on "Voodoo Chile" and "I Don't Live Today," backed by bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton (who were known as Double Trouble when they played with Stevie Ray Vaughan). The band Indigenous and Eric Gales are also examples of artists trying to copy Hendrix's sound. On the other hand, Living Colour's guitarist Vernon Reid displays Hendrix's influence on "Power of Soul" and "Crosstown Traffic," but plays in his own identifiable style. And as bluesmen like Sumlin and Guy come on to play blues songs Hendrix played and recorded but did not write, they act like themselves, with relatively little of the Hendrix sound. The San Diego material is billed as a "Special Bonus Feature" and includes a rousing instrumental version of "Purple Haze" played by Robert Randolph on pedal steel guitar and a lengthy rendition of "Red House" by former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor.