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    RIP Jef Lee Johnson: The Greatest Guitarist You Never Heard

    Discovered this guy years ago. Definitely a unique sound and style. I own his first two solo CD's and have had the pleasure of seeing him live on numerous occasions. Always a favourite, his genuine, passionate music has never left my playlist.

    http://www.complex.com/music/2013/01...e-johnson-dies


    Reports are coming in from those close to Jef Lee Johnson that the Philadelphia guitarist has passed away. The cause of his death has not been revealed, nor has his age, though he was likely 53 or 54.

    Johnson's career spans both numerous decades and genres, as he played with everyone from Esperanza Spalding to Questlove and The Roots. An article on Johnson in the Philadelphia City Paper notes that he actually learned his guitar chops by playing with jazz giant McCoy Tyner, a fellow Philly native and one of the greatest pianists of our time.

    Johnson was also an essential member of The Soultronics, a massive super-group featuring members of the Roots, keyboardist James Poyser, bassist Pino Palladino, and others. This connection led to him working on such classics as Erykah Badu's Mama's Gun and Common's Like Water for Chocolate. Johnson also toured extensively as a member of D'Angelo's backing band.
    My introduction to Jef was hearing this on the TV show "Homicide: Life on the Street", and after a bit of pre-internet sleuthing found out it was JLJ
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKDmS...e=results_main

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n33CwXRAlnc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA8Gqc7l-cA

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    Quote Originally Posted by titanbuoy View Post
    Discovered this guy years ago. Definitely a unique sound and style. I own his first two solo CD's and have had the pleasure of seeing him live on numerous occasions. Always a favourite, his genuine, passionate music has never left my playlist.

    http://www.complex.com/music/2013/01...e-johnson-dies



    My introduction to Jef was hearing this on the TV show "Homicide: Life on the Street", and after a bit of pre-internet sleuthing found out it was JLJ
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKDmS...e=results_main

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n33CwXRAlnc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA8Gqc7l-cA


    Allow me;

    Gary Moore>Jef Lee

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    Allow me;

    Gary Moore>Jef Lee


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    RIP - Musicians are not to be compared, this is music.. Art..

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    Quote Originally Posted by titanbuoy View Post
    Exactly my response as well. What kind of Douc-ebag compares someone else to a guy that just died?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCITSCAT View Post
    Exactly my response as well. What kind of Douc-ebag compares someone else to a guy that just died?
    Oh the irony. Yep. This went well!















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    Quote Originally Posted by SCITSCAT View Post
    RIP - Musicians are not to be compared, this is music.. Art..
    Quote Originally Posted by SCITSCAT View Post
    Exactly my response as well. What kind of Douc-ebag compares someone else to a guy that just died?
    No worries. He was just making with the silly. Do a site search for "Gary Moore"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    Allow me;

    Kelly Rosenthal>Gary Moore>Jef Lee
    Fixed.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWB5nFDx6hs

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    Quote Originally Posted by titanbuoy View Post
    No worries. He was just making with the silly. Do a site search for "Gary Moore"

    Maybe you need to research humanity. Humans empathize with loss of life. THE POINT IS, YOU DON'T MESS WITH SOMEONE THAT JUST DIED.

    I know exactly who Gary Moore is. I'm positive I know far more about musician's than you, and probably know more professional musicians. THAT'S NOT THE POINT EITHER DOUC-E....

    Man died, let him RIP... grow up.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgoguy View Post
    Kelly Rosenthal>Gary Moore>Jef Lee
    Deutchbarn!


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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    Deutchbarn!


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    I'm lost here, 32. Ayúdame, por favor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgoguy View Post
    I'm lost here, 32. Ayúdame, por favor.
    Douc-ebag! GEET IT?


    That better?


    What the heck is going on here today.


    I think it's me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post


    I think it's me.


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    Think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCITSCAT View Post
    Maybe you need to research humanity. Humans empathize with loss of life. THE POINT IS, YOU DON'T MESS WITH SOMEONE THAT JUST DIED.

    I know exactly who Gary Moore is. I'm positive I know far more about musician's than you, and probably know more professional musicians. THAT'S NOT THE POINT EITHER DOUC-E....

    Man died, let him RIP... grow up.



    Yo

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    Douc-ebag! GEET IT?


    That better?


    What the heck is going on here today.


    I think it's me.


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    LOL. Sorry. Slow synapses, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCITSCAT View Post
    Exactly my response as well. What kind of Douc-ebag compares someone else to a guy that just died?
    I think he was comparing their musical output from when both men were alive, but you might want to ask him just to be sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shakin318 View Post
    I think he was comparing their musical output from when both men were alive, but you might want to ask him just to be sure.

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    Any early word on whether he suffered or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCITSCAT View Post
    Maybe you need to research humanity. Humans empathize with loss of life. THE POINT IS, YOU DON'T MESS WITH SOMEONE THAT JUST DIED.

    I know exactly who Gary Moore is. I'm positive I know far more about musician's than you, and probably know more professional musicians. THAT'S NOT THE POINT EITHER DOUC-E....

    Man died, let him RIP... grow up.



    Yo


    Lolz, why are you attacking the guy who started a tribute thread for the guy that died?

    And I know way more semi-professional taxidermists than you but you don't see me big timing you, do you?

    Grow up.

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