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    Well, not really but the resemblance is entertaining. To me, anyway, but maybe I am just easily amused.

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    Sorry, resemblance to what? Or who? But yea, Sco is awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hep To The Jive
    Sorry, resemblance to what? Or who? But yea, Sco is awesome!

    Fawlty Towers is an british comedy series about hotel owner Basil Fawlty that is written and played by John Cleese of Monty Python fame. It was a hugely popular BBC comedy series in the 70s. Only two seasons where made.


    I wanted to post a clip, but the trouble is that I don't think the clips do the series any justice as every episode start almost normal but builds up to an insane crescendo .. That is the strength of the series. The humor would all the time build on the previous scene and just ramp up the intensity over the course of each episode

    Posting a clip misses out on this build up and can't do the series justice but the series is really one of the highlights of british comedy

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    Historically this show was quite innovative and was instrumental forming what can be done in TV comedy. Comedy until then was rooted in theaters that traditionally is setup then punchline followed by leaving room for the audience to laugh or risk the laughter drowning out the acting .. Rinse repeat. This show was one of the first shows that embraced that TV was an intimate experience in peoples homes and pioneered just being rapid fire and relentless in it's pacing. It throws everything and the kitchen sink at the audience within the space of 30 minutes.

    As you can guess Fawlty Towers holds a very dear place in my heart. I grew up with it. Remember my dad having taped all 12 episodes on first betamax (didn't see that coming, did you?) then VHS and revisiting them regularly


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    "He's from Barcelona"

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    Ahhh ok, got it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Neverisky
    "He's from Barcelona"

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    I see the resemblance and got a good laugh out of it.

    A fan of Sco, too, though hearing this clip----not just him but the sound of the bass----left me thinking this sounds more DATED that Charlie Christian in 1939 or Herb Ellis in 1955.

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    I kept expecting him to start slapping George Duke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
    I see the resemblance and got a good laugh out of it.

    A fan of Sco, too, though hearing this clip----not just him but the sound of the bass----left me thinking this sounds more DATED that Charlie Christian in 1939 or Herb Ellis in 1955.
    I know what you mean, but still, Sco is rocking out, that brings joy to me. He's just a rocknroll and blues guy at the core, and that's the vibe. It's never dated.

    You know what's dated? All those Heckselmans, Rosenwinkles, Morenos, Lunds etc they never got this, and that's dated at its birth. No disrespect to those guys but never follow their path. But Sco is ok, one of the last real ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hep To The Jive
    I know what you mean, but still, Sco is rocking out, that brings joy to me. He's just a rocknroll and blues guy at the core, and that's the vibe. It's never dated.

    You know what's dated? All those Heckselmans, Rosenwinkles, Morenos, Lunds etc they never got this, and that's dated at its birth. No disrespect to those guys but never follow their path. But Sco is ok, one of the last real ones.
    I like Sco too.
    I think it's more the bass. I remember when jazz players started using electric basses that they tended to overdo it and it created a sound that marks a lot of '70s jazz / fusion records. Somehow, that seems much more out of date than an upright bass from the '40s!

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    scofields wah wah tone and fact that he's playin with george duke, take me directly back to frank zappa

    the guitar hijinx starts around 1:50 in

    montana



    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    scofields wah wah tone and fact that he's playin with george duke, take me directly back to frank zappa

    the guitar hijinx starts around 1:50 in

    montana



    cheers
    I loved that Zappa album but that was a rock band, not a jazz band (though many of the players had great jazz chops.) ;o)

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    hah, i doubt many johnny smith fans would call what scofields playin in opening clip-jazz!! haha..he's usin same wah tone as fz...plus has zappa alumni george duke on keys!...that's all i'm sayin..hah




    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    scofields wah wah tone and fact that he's playin with george duke, take me directly back to frank zappa

    the guitar hijinx starts around 1:50 in

    montana



    cheers

    True tone is in your 'stache and not your fingers


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    The first time I ever saw Fawlty Towers was on public TV in Chicago and it was something like six episodes in a row. I was either in my last year of high school or my first year or two of college. I don't think I ever hurt so much from laughing as I did from that evening.

    So when I saw Scofield in that clip with the mustache, the hair, the facial expressions and some of the movements it immediately took me back to "Basil!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    scofields wah wah tone and fact that he's playin with george duke, take me directly back to frank zappa

    the guitar hijinx starts around 1:50 in

    montana



    cheers
    Funny I thought of Zappa too. Sco jams on a vamp, one chord basically, thasts what Z. did all the time. Same tone, same groove, no wonder there's similarity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    hah, i doubt many johnny smith fans would call what scofields playin in opening clip-jazz!! haha..he's usin same wah tone as fz...plus has zappa alumni george duke on keys!...that's all i'm sayin..hah
    If it's rock, it's okay. ;o)

    Another example of what I'm talking about. This, from Return to Forever, came out the year I graduated high school (1976) By no means am I saying this is BAD, only that it sounds DATED. It sounds too-much-of-its-time, whereas a lot of classic jazz sounds timeless, even though the recording quality may reveal just how long ago it was made.




    By way of contrast, a great Herb Ellis Quintet track from the '50s, and the tune was an old chestnut even then, yet this sounds and feels fresher to me:


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    OK Fawlty fans: On my first business trip to the UK i stayed at a place called Oakley Court in, of course, Water Oakley. (Near Windsor) Still there, different name i think.
    The porter is walking me to my room. Down a hallway where we went up two steps and down two steps. Turns out some members of the crew stayed there, the studios were nearby, and thats where the useless step gag upstairs in Fawlty Towers came from. So they said)!

    Yes Sco unfortunately looks like a 70’s porn star.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzkritter
    OK Fawlty fans: On my first business trip to the UK i stayed at a place called Oakley Court in, of course, Water Oakley. (Near Windsor) Still there, different name i think.
    The porter is walking me to my room. Down a hallway where we went up two steps and down two steps. Turns out some members of the crew stayed there, the studios were nearby, and thats where the useless step gag upstairs in Fawlty Towers came from. So they said)!

    Yes Sco unfortunately looks like a 70’s porn star.
    Why unfortunately?

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    The resemblance is remarkable!


    In the early nineties, the show was broadcasted on Catalan television (along with other British comedies, like The Young Ones, Red Dwarf, and others), dubbed into Catalan, to a great success. Manuel, however, was Mexican.


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    I have to say that I think Sco has maybe aged better, although he is quite a bit younger than John Cleese.

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    Cleese has got to be what, 2 or 300 years old by now? Judging by the face)))
    He had a series of management training videos. Our brilliant management team got them not realizing they were incredibly funny. Surprise!
    But they were from Barcelona.
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