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CB’s Favorite Solos – Sid Paige

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Here’s the first of a few of CB’s favorite solos. I’ve had this idea floating around for a long time and one of the solos that keeps speaking to me is Sid (Symphony Sid) Paige’s great violin work on Dan Hick’s ‘I Scare Myself’. I have other violin solos I like but I’ll start with this one.

I think you know that I’m a huge Hicks fan. Whether its with the Hot Licks, Acoustic Warriors etc. Whomever. He always had top notch players. I would have dug this song no matter what but when Sid does his thing it takes it to a special place for me. I love the violin/fiddle and Paige’s solo on that instrument is just candy for my ear. You hear him throw out a few teasers then two and half minutes in he does his magic. CB was gonesville. Who needs drugs when you can take a trip like this.

CB’s mantra for his takes is “Music or Movies that move him”. Sid’s solo does that big-time.

Here’s the version I first heard. The Hot Licks cook on this but Paige takes the spotlight. The other link is from an Austin City Limits broadcast. Hicks combines two of his bands for a live take with Sid taking the lead.

If you like Django and Grappelli you should dig this. Scare yourself with Sid

25 comments on “CB’s Favorite Solos – Sid Paige

  1. badfinger20 (Max)
    October 4, 2020

    I’ve never heard this CB…this is really cool. He totally sets a mood. I’ll have to check him out.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 4, 2020

      Hicks is someone I have been listening to for years. He’s worth checking out for sure. Yeah this tune has a certain mood for sure. I love it.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. the press music reviews
    October 4, 2020

    I will give this a go. I do like Stephan Grappeli tho’…..

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Yeah, Another Blogger
    October 4, 2020

    Great song that I hadn’t heard in a long while. I never knew Sid’s name before. You’re right about his solo. It’s something else.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. hotfox63
    October 4, 2020

    The comedy songs from Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks were a subtle alternative to the existentialism overkill from the Doors in the late 60s and early 70s. David La Flame also played the violin there before he joined It’s A Beautiful Day.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 4, 2020

      There’s a clip of David joining Hick’s and the band for this cut. I might have to give La Flame a listen today.

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      • hotfox63
        October 5, 2020

        At some point I lost sight of Dan Hicks. Sometimes I listened to “Old Cowhand from the Rio Grand” or to “I Scare Myself” again. And then came the news of his death. Liver cancer in his seventies. I would have wished him a few more years.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 5, 2020

        Being a musician you would appreciate The Hot Licks, licks.

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      • hotfox63
        October 5, 2020

        Dan Hicks always said that he would be a humble person until his last breath. “But on my dying day I will explain to the world how lucky they have been to be alive the same time as me.”

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 5, 2020

        That’s Dan

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 5, 2020

        I have a recording where he apologizes to the audience for taking time to tune his guitar, he said something like he just wasnt as good as the Grateful Dead, being able to play hours without tuning.

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      • hotfox63
        October 5, 2020

        Too much work, too little otherworldly joys. Thats why the breaks between his records were getting longer and longer.

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  5. Vinyl Connection
    October 5, 2020

    Having heard more Bill Hicks than Dan, I was curious to listen to this one, CB. Interesting solo – full of interesting twists and turns. Cool.

    Now, when will Jerry Goodman appear?

    Liked by 1 person

  6. christiansmusicmusings
    October 5, 2020

    This is pretty cool. I enjoyed both versions!

    Liked by 1 person

    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 5, 2020

      Glad you enjoyed it. Dan was a task master as a leader. His musicians were always top notch. Sid being one of the best.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Jim S.
    October 6, 2020

    I was just listening to DH the other day. Never gets old. This is one of my buddy Steve’s favorite tunes.

    Liked by 1 person

    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 6, 2020

      Dan was a pretty demanding band leader from what I gathered. He expected perfection from the Licks and he got it, especially from Sid

      Like

  8. 1dancequeendq
    October 8, 2020

    Suited me down to the bone. #grapelli etc

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