He performed several more times in the United States during the s. He died on March 18, , aged 73, in Nassau , Bahamas. Spence's repertoire encompassed calypso , blues , folk music and sacred songs.
The power of his playing derives from moving bass lines and interior voices and a driving beat that he emphasized with foot tapping. To this mix he added blues coloration and calypso rhythms to achieve a unique and easily identifiable sound. He has been called the folk guitarist's Thelonious Monk. Several tributes to Spence have been recorded. Spence's recording of "That Glad Reunion Day" was used in the film Open Water and also appears on its soundtrack album.
Writing in the Chicago Reader , music critic Peter Margasak describes how Spence "obviously forgot or never knew the song's lyrics, so he crudely spits out a load of gibberish, in perfect time", describing it as "a performance for the ages". Demento 's festive collection Holidays in Dementia. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Spence was clearly relaxed and in a good mood, and there is some wonderful playing and singing, as well as an interesting interview segment about his various playing styles.
It is available in all better music stores and from the Guitar Workshop site. Recommended listening Spence's recordings are among my favorite music on earth, but some of the later ones do not show him at his best. The following are the defining sessions, and anyone who wants to understand the range of his talent should check them out. The Complete Folkways Recordings These were Spence's first recordings, made in , and they remain his most virtuosic.
Apparently, he had been playing virtually non-stop for several months, and the speed, precision, and imagination of these performances is astounding. Samuel Charters, who made the recordings, chose to mike the guitar and not Spence's voice--frankly, I miss the singing, but this makes the disc a special treat for guitarists.
Happy All the Time Spence's second album was recorded in , and this time his voice was placed front and center. The result is one of the most joyful albums in history.
The sound quality is better than on the Folkways set, and the playing shows the exuberant power of Spence's imagination--the final "Living On the Hallelujah Side" runs almost 13 minutes without losing steam. Bahamian Guitarist: Good Morning Mr. Walker Recorded while Spence was on tour in the US in , this is not as consistently hot as the previous albums, but Spence is still playing and singing wonderfully. This shipping method will be used when shipping weight exceeds 4 pounds 4 or more LP records.
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