Eddie Hazel, guitarist

Eddie Hazel

April 10, 1950, Brooklyn, NY ~ December 23, 1992, Plainfield, NJ

Yet even though Hazel's notable accomplishments are few - reserved mostly to the first three Funkadelic albums, a 1977 solo album, and legendary live performances - these accomplishments were highly influential. At the time, Hazel seemed a clear successor to the deceased Jimi Hendrix, one of the few black guitar players merging an acid rock approach with an R&B aesthetic. Furthermore, Hazel took things a step further, integrating a heavy dose of funk into his fiery guitar work as well, setting the precedent for successive Parliament/Funkadelic guitarists, as well as later generations of funk-metal guitarists. ~ Allmusic: Eddie Hazel ~ retrieved April 24, 2014 © Allmusic

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Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1950, Hazel grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey because his mother, Grace Cook, wanted her son to grow up in an environment without the pressures of drugs and crime that she felt pervaded New York City. Hazel occupied himself from a young age by playing a guitar, given to him as a Christmas present by his older brother. Hazel also sang in church. At age 12, Hazel met Billy ‘Bass’ Nelson, and the pair quickly became close friends and began performing, soon adding drummer Harvey McGee to the mix. ~ Wikipedia: Eddie Hazel ~ retrieved December 17, 2013 © Wikipedia

Eddie Hazel ~ Ranked Fricke's Picks: #43 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Guitarists in 2003 ~ For the title track to Funkadelic's 1971 album Maggot Brain, Clinton famously asked Hazel to imagine the saddest possible thing. Thinking of his mother's death, Hazel unleashed ten minutes of sad acid-rock guitar moans. ‘Maggot Brain’ became a landmark, and Hazel inspired disciples from Sonic Youth to the Chili Peppers with a Strat full of cosmic slop. ~ 2003 © Rolling Stone

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