LES PAUL CELEBRATED HIS 87th BIRTHDAY YESTERDAY. If you’re in Manhattan, it’s not too late to attend his birthday concerts tonight at the Iridium Jazz Club (unless they’re both sold out–call before going).
With Segovia gone, my vote is still with John McLaughlin as the guitar’s all-around techical master. But it’s tough to argue with Les’s history as the living pioneer of the electric guitar and whose namesake is one of the great instruments of all time.
If you can’t make the gig, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the duet that Les made with Chet Atkins, Chester & Lester–you’ll be glad you did.