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    Posted: September 27 2010 at 09:22
Anybody listen to this guy? Powers of ten is a brilliant live album,  'gray pianos flying' is a short prog epic. Shawn Lane died about ten years ago of psoriasis, but before that he was the modern john mclaughlin.
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One word to describe Shawn Lane, GENIUS.  Shawn Lane would easily smoke 95% 0f the musicians I see mentioned here.
 
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It's only a matter of time till Jay (aka Negoba) sees this...
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Originally posted by slidesandbends

Anybody listen to this guy? Powers of ten is a brilliant live album,  'gray pianos flying' is a short prog epic. Shawn Lane died about ten years ago of psoriasis, but before that he was the modern john mclaughlin.
 
shawn lane has been one my favorite guitarists on the planet for about 2 years now. he is an astonishing player possessing an incredible technical facility, but to consider him merely a "shredder" would be an injustice. he has the unique ability to both dazzle you with chops while also wrenching your heart. at times, he reminds me of allan holdsworth, steve morse, jeff beck, jimi hendrix, and john mclaughlin, sometimes all in the same song! sadly, shawn died before realizing his full potential as a leader.
 
the tri-tone fascination is an excellent studio offering from shawn. in addition, the following live (improvisatory) albums with bassist jonas hellborg are highly recommended:  abstract logic, personae, temporal analogues of paradise, time is the enemy, good people in times of evil, and zenhouse (acoustic).
So much music. So little time.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Negoba Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 27 2010 at 21:40
Less than 24 hours...

Virtuoso is a term that gets thrown out alot but Shawn Lane may be one of the few true musical virtuosos who played the guitar. As Pablo's noted, I've gushed about him before...

The Hellborg collabs are some of the best modern fusion out there.

I'll just leave a few thumbs up to this thread and watch with a smile.
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Shawn Lane was one talent. It is said that he will have copied the performance of Allan Holdsworth in one's teens.

I also think that Trio of Lane-Hellborg-Sipe is wonderful as an album.

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This guy was an unbelievable virtuoso guitarist/ composer. A pity that he's mainly known to guitar players!!
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And an excellent pianist too. RIP.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mirror Image Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 29 2012 at 23:28
Originally posted by dwill123

Shawn Lane would easily smoke 95% 0f the musicians I see mentioned here.

Disapprove

As if music is some kind of contest.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 30 2012 at 05:09
I'm very glad to read this thread, thanks to the OP for starting it!  

Comparing him as a "modern McLaughlin" is a very nice, and appropriate, comparison to make.  I find much similarity between their compositional and playing styles.  

The poor fellow had severe psoriatic arthritis, and side-effects of drugs unfortunately caused him to balloon into a rather hefty figure.  I'm very sympathetic as I also have psoriasis, albeit not nearly as badly.  

Also, I didn't know about his piano skills, thanks!

Not known to many is that he first hit the stage with the American hard rock, "Southern" rock band Black Oak Arkansas, when he was perhaps 14.  

A seminal talent, I wish he were still with us. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Gerinski Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 30 2012 at 14:18
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Also, I didn't know about his piano skills, thanks!

If I'm not wrong he actually learnt piano first and only later he started playing guitar. In his first solo album Powers Of Ten he played everything and there are some really nice piano and keyboard parts (the drums were programmed by him I think).
 
Personally I don't find his style much similar to McLaughlin though. He is more often compared to Holdsworth although he is not too similar either.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dwill123 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 31 2012 at 11:01
Originally posted by Mirror Image

Originally posted by dwill123

Shawn Lane would easily smoke 95% 0f the musicians I see mentioned here.

Disapprove

As if music is some kind of contest.
What are you some sort of clown???  It's my opinion or am I not entitled to one???
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