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Louis Stewart, RIP

statsman

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The great Louis Stewart passed away on Saturday, aged 72. Louis was widely regarded as one of the best jazz guitarists in the world, and played with many of the greats, including Benny Goodman, George Shearing and the Ronnie Scott quintet. He was and is the greatest Irish guitarist ever, whatever fans of Rory Gallagher, Henry McCullough, Ed Deane or Declan Sinnot may say.

Renowned Irish jazz musician Louis Stewart dies aged 72

[video=youtube;CDGH2ZEmAdg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDGH2ZEmAdg[/video]
 


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RIP Louis.

Some truly wonderful gigs in the 80s with Honor Heffernan spring to mind.

Understand what you're saying, but they're very different styles of guitar.
 

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RIP Louis.

Some truly wonderful gigs in the 80s with Honor Heffernan spring to mind.

Understand what you're saying, but they're very different styles of guitar.
They are, I agree. Still, Louis was best. ;)
 

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The guitar duets with Mundell Lowe were great.....i also remember a documentary on RTE many years ago where he had a seven string guitar built for him by Derrick Nelson...RIP
 

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Saw him a few years ago and he was really good. Sad to hear he is dead.
 

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At his style of music! Some other decent guitarist abound:

[video=youtube;UfZmMJKIBec]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfZmMJKIBec[/video]
If Bean was Bream, you'd have a fair comparison.
 

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Toots Thielemans has also passed on...RIP...
 

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The great Louis Stewart passed away on Saturday, aged 72. Louis was widely regarded as one of the best jazz guitarists in the world, and played with many of the greats, including Benny Goodman, George Shearing and the Ronnie Scott quintet. He was and is the greatest Irish guitarist ever, whatever fans of Rory Gallagher, Henry McCullough, Ed Deane or Declan Sinnot may say.

Renowned Irish jazz musician Louis Stewart dies aged 72

[video=youtube;CDGH2ZEmAdg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDGH2ZEmAdg[/video]
Sublime.

More Wes than Wes on that.

Some achievement.

I always noticed as he got older as his mouth moved more and more, phrasing what he was playing.

Got lessons from a great Irish jazz guitarist back in the late 80s who was taught by Louis.

I was and am still more than mediocre.

If nothing else, it was an education in appreciating his ability even more.
 

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In my view, the Sax(apart from Miles at his best) is still the most expressive instrument.

So. when a guitarist near reaches that level of expression, then that's something else.

[video]https://youtu.be/lBEHHRdJEJc[/video]

Louis did that.
 
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I attended a gig he did some years ago on the fringe of the Jazz Festival, superb. The word genius is thrown around a lot these days. Louis was one. RIP
 

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The great Louis Stewart passed away on Saturday, aged 72. Louis was widely regarded as one of the best jazz guitarists in the world, and played with many of the greats, including Benny Goodman, George Shearing and the Ronnie Scott quintet. He was and is the greatest Irish guitarist ever, whatever fans of Rory Gallagher, Henry McCullough, Ed Deane or Declan Sinnot may say.

Renowned Irish jazz musician Louis Stewart dies aged 72

[video=youtube;CDGH2ZEmAdg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDGH2ZEmAdg[/video]
Certainly the greatest Irish jazz guitarist, and not just that - a world class jazz musician. If we had a young jazzer of that talent now it'd be far easier for him/her to have a global reach than it was for Louis in the 60s/70s.

It'd be quite the norm for a jazz musician to grow old, maturing their craft all the while, so it's a bit of a loss given the age of the man, not much older than Bowie was.
 


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