Take 3 is my imagining of what the traditional Christmas carol We Three Kings might have sounded at Christmas time around the household of the great jazz pianist Dave Brubeck. For those not familiar with his material, one of Brubeck’s best known pieces is Take 5, a piece written in the somewhat odd time signature 5/4 time. Much of Take 3 is also in 5/4. Coincidence? I think not. 🙂
If you’re a fan of Michael Jackson, you’ve got to check out Gareth Pearson’s latest Youtube posting. It’s a terrific fingerstyle arrangement of Jackson’s Thriller. And be sure to check out Gareth’s many other Youtube entries.
If you don’t know of him, Gareth is a 20 year old (as of 2009) fingerstyle guitarist from Wales. Many people are aware of him from his “boy-wonder” phase where as a teenager he wowed people with his a technical ability beyond his youth and the ability to keep up on stage with the likes of Tommy Emmanuel.
Many kids go through the “boy-wonder” phase of dazzling audiences while emulating their early influences but then can’t seem to move on to the next step of finding their own voice through their own compositions and arrangements. Gareth is making that shift and is emerging as an artist with his own voice. Definitely keep an eye on him.