'Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train' review: Vital glance
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Hear My Train a Comin', directed by Bob Smeaton and premiering Tuesday on PBS, hits all the right notes, beginning with Hendrix's childhood in Seattle, his military service where he met lifelong friend and frequent collaborator Billy Cox, and into his tragically brief but still brilliant career as one of the greatest guitar players in the world.
[...] there's plenty of musical evidence of his singular genius, including previously unseen footage from the 1968 Miami Pop Festival.
For many, the real highlight of the film won't be commentary from musicians such as Paul McCartney, Dweezil Zappa, Dave Mason, Steve Winwood or Hendrix's bandmates in the Experience, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell.
Kramer, who worked closely with Hendrix for years, deconstructs a single passage of typically dense Hendrix music to demonstrate how the sound was created through the fusion of three guitar layers, each of which was musically distinct from the others.
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