Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Little Wing

One of the strongest cover versions ever done of a Jimi Hendrix number must be Sting's superlative take on "Little Wing". While the original is a simple, cloistered ditty built around a series of rudimentary hooks, Sting took a different tack by transforming the song into a grandly realised, tonally enhanced mood piece with new, original riffs by guitarist Hiram Bullock, a keening saxophone solo from Brandford Marsalis, and an upfront, confident vocal by Sting himself. Check out this stylish black-and-white in-concert clip that displays the band in full flight, performing this vintage rock standard.


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