On a recent thread about rock guitarist, I remember someone commenting about not understanding why people make such a big fuss over how great Jimi Hendrix was. I’m paraphrasing, but the gist of the argument was that the poster felt that he didn’t see anything “special” about what Hendrix did.
I remember in College someone making a similar “argument” about Theolonius Monk and his Jazz Keyboard playing. He stated that he had heard this type of playing a million times and it all sounded like the score of a “Charlie Brown” cartoon (or something like that).
That’s the point. Some people are such innovators, and take their instrument in such different directions and/or higher levels, that they almost become a “base” standard by which their instrument (and style) is played. So much so, that when listened to years later, the technical expertise of many others after them appears to be greater.
I think that Tyler said it best on a recent thread when he said the following:
“ What made Hendrix so good? Perhaps the fact that he was doing what no one else ever did before and he’s influenced nearly every guitar player out there.” The same could be said about Monk…