Jimi Hendrix (Slight Return)

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s astonishing debut album ‘Are You Experienced’the Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival is proud to present a complete live performance of this seminal psychedelic recording, including landmark tracks such as Purple Haze and Hey Joe that originally appeared only on the American pressing.

From the searing blues of Red House to thespace-rock odyssey of Third Stone From The Sun, the album remains as viscerally exciting as it was in 1967, when its primal howls of feedback struck the British music scene like a thunderbolt from rock’s heavens. Its raw, vital energy emanated from Hendrix’s extraordinary performances on guitar, always deeply rooted in the blues but extending upwards into the very cosmos as Jimi unleashed the full power of his extraordinary talent through towering Marshall amplifiers.

Backed by the propulsive rhythm section of Mitch Mitchell on drums and Noel Redding on bass, it is little wonder that Are You Experienced transformed the musical landscape of the 60s – and generations of guitarists have since fallen under its spell. Taking on the challenging but joyous task of faithfully recreating Hendrix’s mercurial, magical guitar work on the album are Neville Marten, Mick Taylor and Jamie Dickson. The latter is the current editor of Guitarist magazine, Britain’s longest-running monthly for guitar players, while Taylor and Martenare both former editors of Guitarist and seasoned, stellar performers on six strings. Neville Marten is currently the editor of Guitar Techniques magazine and tours with British Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Marty Wilde, while Mick Taylor of YouTube hit That Pedal Show, which advises players on how to get the guitar sound of their dreams, has shared stages with many guitar luminaries from Redd Volkaert to Robbie McIntosh.

Expect ultra-authentic Jimi tones! The ensemble is completed by the superb Bristol musicians Matt Brown on drums and Eric Mylod-Okafo on bass and vocals, ensuring that this is one performance you must experience in Hendrix’s 50th year.

This event is part of Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival. For more information and to view the whole line-up, please click here.

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