Saturday, November 09, 2013

Roger Mason et Steve Waring - Guitare Américaine (1970)

Κάτι παλιό αλλά ειλικρινά καλό. Ένας instrumental δίσκος από τους κιθαρίστες Roger MASON και Steve WARING. Και οι δυο Αμερικανοί, από το Μεριλαντ ο πρώτος από την Πενσυλβανια ο δεύτερος. Το ιδιαίτερο του δίσκου είναι το finger picking παίξιμο άγνωστο τότε στο κοινό της Γαλλίας όπου και κυκλοφόρησε ο δίσκος.  Παρακάτω παραθέτω ένα πολύ μικρό  απόσπασμα μιας συνέντευξης που έδωσε πριν χρόνια ο Mason.

Roger Mason - Françoise

LGDG : We thank them for that ! Could you tell us about your arrival in France ? There are today many guitarists playing finger-picking. But yourself, with Steve Waring, helped the French to discover that style with your record "Guitares américaines - Special Instrumentalé recorded in 1970. This is part of history ! 

Roger Mason : I arrived in Paris in 1964 from the USA and began playing almost immediately at Lionel Rocheman's Hootenany at the American Students and Artists Center and at the Catacombs of the American Church in Paris. A lot of Americans were playing finger picking style already, although its popularity had not yet caught on with the French public. Don't forget that in 1970, black guitarists in the US had been playing finger picking for probably 40 or 50 years. Finger picking is really just the guitarist's version of ragtime. Blind Lemon Jefferson, Mance Lipscomb, Leadbelly, Gary Davis, to name just a few, had been doing this for a long time. Then Elizabeth Cotten was discovered by the Seeger family in the 1950's and by the beginning of the 1960's, every white folk singer and guitarist in the US knew how to finger pick "Freight Train". Commercial recordings by the Farinas, Joan Baez, Peter Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan made finger picking even more popular. So when Steve and I recorded that record in 1970, we were just passing on what others had taught us to do. Of course we added a little of our own flavor to it too. Our vinyl 33 record from 1970 was re-released as a CD in 1994, but I was sorry to learn recently that it has now been taken off the market. From 1970 to 2004, that's not too bad a run.

A1 Eat What You Kill 2:20
A2 Thing In D 3:30
A3 Roger's Marriage Rag 1:55
A4 Angie 3:20
A5 Françoise 2:50
A6 Carolina R+R 2:00

B1 Old Country Rock 1:47
B2 Annegramme 2:18
B3 Judy 2:40
B4 La Marsa 2:22
B5 La Sainte Vierge 2:57
B6 Thanks Mr. Joplin 4:05

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