Wonderful stuff from Israeli-born Gilad Hekselman and his trio.

Ready for pristine tone and perfect playing? Check out this clip of Kevin Eubanks and Stanley Jordan performing “Morning Sun.”

This one is very tough to take. Rock icon David Bowie has died at 69, just days after the release of his album Blackstar. Bowie’s friend (and one of the few who knew of his ailment), Belgian theater director Ivo van Hove, speaking to dutchnews.nl, characterized the legend’s final days as follows, via The Independent:

Bowie was still writing on his deathbed, you could say. I saw a man fighting. He fought like a lion and kept working like a lion through it all. I had incredible respect for that.

Read more from The Independent right here.

Today the Internet is flooded with Bowie’s music and story. Got get some.

Premier Guitar has posted an excellent profile of the late, great guitar explorer Pete Cosey. Though his career had multiple phases, Cosey may be best known for his work with Miles Davis. And here are the instructions the band leader gave to Pete upon joining the group, via PG:

The first was to move up front … [the second was] to turn up [the volume] … And the third thing he said was, ‘Sit there and look black!’

Read it all at PG.

Right here.

Iconoclastic guitarist John Frusciante is giving away an assortment of tracks via Soundcloud and Bandcamp. The former Red Hot Chili Peppers member is well known for his solo experimentation, and, as noted via Consequence of Sound, he feels very unimpeded about the material he is creating:

(A)t this point, I have no particular audience in mind while I am making music. Thinking this way gives me a certain freedom and stimulates growth and change. It is a state of mind that has been extremely useful to me.

Read more and follow the links for the downloads at CoS.

Right here.

Now here’s something you don’t see every day (any day). Check out Dave Bunker on his very own contraption, the Duo-Lectar. He seems to be part Stanley Jordan, part Michael Hedges, part WTF. According to Wikipedia (so it may well be accurate), “(Bunker’s) first, patent #2,989,884 issued in 1961, was for the ‘Duo-Lectar’ instrument, later in 1970 known as the Touch Guitar.”

Read more about Dave Bunker right here.

Samuel Clemens’ 1835 Martin is a sight to behold. The instrument, reportedly valued at over $15 million, was a constant companion of the roving author. From Guitarsite:

Mark Twain ‘gigged’ with his 1835 Martin extensively as a singer guitarist, bringing it along to his many travels. Like the main protagonist of his popular novel: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain traveled far and wide, often with only his 1835 Martin, paper and ink to accompany him.

Take a look at this beauty over at Guitarsite.

Right here.

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