Wikipedia: “In 1967, Jimi Hendrix told the journalist Keith Altham that ‘Third Stone from the Sun’ is about a visiting space alien who, upon evaluation of the human species, decides that people are not fit to rule Earth, destroys their civilization, and places the planet in the care of chickens. (Would that that had actually happened – ME).
The song is composed of two contrasting sections, one that features a jazzy guitar melody played in the style of Wes Montgomery over a straightforward rock tempo, and another that showcases Hendrix’s free-form Mixolydian mode guitar lines with a jazz beat. In addition to jazz elements, Unterberger identified Hendrix’s use of surf music motifs in the track that are reminiscent of earlier works by the Ventures, a group from the Pacific Northwest that Hendrix would have heard during his childhood.”
“Third Stone from the Sun” was released as a track on Hendrix’s seminal 1967 album Are You Experienced. (Released just a couple weeks before Sgt. Pepper which, if you think about it for more than two seconds, is mind-blowing. man. Like you’re on acid. Like you saw God. Like…
Where was I? Anyway, it’s a pretty phantasmagorical tune. The fuckheads who control Hendrix’s estate won’t put anything up on YouTube (but will in all likelihood keep scraping the bottom of the barrel to release posthumous albums. I lost count of how many there are.) So here’s the Spotify version:
According to their website, Sidemen is a High-Energy Instrumental Band offering a modern take on the deep Rhythm and Grooves of 20th Century Funk & Soul. Sidemen performs original music composed by its members and exciting covers by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Kenny Garrett, Snarky Puppy, David Sanborn, Randy Brecker, and Jimi Hendrix.
And so while we’re doing that Hendrix thing, my good “friend” guitarist Steve Morse sat in as a sideman with the Sidemen. (Say that three times fast.) And what number did they do? Two guesses. It is quite a bit less psychedelic rock and more big band jazz. It’s right in the pocket:
I used Francis Lockwood Trio on a previous piece and since have found out more about him. “In 1987 he was classified by Jazz Hot as one of the 5 top European pianists. He formed his own trio that featured Sylvain Marc and Aldo Romano. One year after, his release Nostalgia received good reviews from the press.
A few years later, he worked on a Claude Lelouch movie soundtrack Tout ça pour ça. (Loosely translated – Dude, what is your freaking problem?) From 1994 to 2000 he lived between San Francisco and Paris and by 1998, he recorded Jimi’s Colors, a tribute to Jimi Hendrix, another great success he played on many festivals.
Here they are doing a nice, traditional jazz version of “Third Stone.” Take it away boys. And a one-ah, and a two-ah: