Right on. In my mind I didn’t leave it out since the first video I linked was his “WTF lick” which features just ridiculously fast and precise economy. I generally agree with the sentiment that pure alternate wins in terms of articulation…but Rick may be an outlier there. He’s super controlled and even with economy. Anyway, I meant more like “beyond these few vids that scratch the surface he’s also a monster of this that and the other”
He’s also just maddeningly clean, has really interesting note choice and I could go on and on.
BTW @DC11GTR I know you’re a huge Satch fan, and so is Rick
I love Satch but like so many of the virtuosi from that era I bought like one album and never dug deeper. I’ll defer to you on the worthiness of Rick’s cover. To my untrained ear it’s pretty killer.
At the time I found CtC I was back to like 90% classical and was pretty firmly out of the virtuoso electric genre. Now I’m like 99% into virtuoso electric and 1% classical lol! I’ve been introduced to some AMAZING players due to the forum. Other than Troy himself, the scariest players I’ve come across here are Rick Graham, Anton Oparin and Andre Nieri.
Oh and I will sort of list Shawn Lane. I knew about him, but I was like 14 when I got into virtuoso electric and of course there was no YouTube back them. I’d seen Shawn’s name in magazines and heard rave reviews but I never came across his CD’s (remember those???) in the music stores (remember those???) so I’d never had a chance to hear him. Everyone around here talks about him endlessly and I finally got to see the magic. Was he on the RS list??? Probably not. He was something special though. To play at the freak speeds like he did while simultaneously being connected to what he played on an almost spiritual sense is pretty rare.