Joe’s Got a Total Winner Here — Deceptively Simple, Yet Classic & Filled with Soul…
Joe Satriani’s new disc, Shockwave Supernova, is a total winner! His many previous albums demonstrated he can noodle with virtuosity, but this effort shows he can play with soul, as well as, write music that sounds deceptively simple, yet is classic.
Hopefully, this is the beginning of a new direction from Joe. He surely is talented, though previously one often felt that much of his stuff sounded like it was for his private entertainment. This disc showcases Joe for public consumption & total enjoyment.
Joe Satriani sets off on a Shockwave Tour in September. His tour gets underway in Europe. Hopefully, in a few months he’ll come home to the US to perform.
Joseph “Joe” Satriani is an American instrumental rock guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Early in his career, Joe worked as a guitar instructor, with many of his former students achieving fame, such as Steve Vai and Andy Timmons. Joe then went on to have a successful solo music career. He is a 15-time Grammy Award nominee and has sold over 10 million albums, making him the biggest-selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time.
In 1987, Joe’s second album Surfing with the Alien produced radio hits and was the first all-instrumental release to chart so highly in many years. In 1992, Joe released The Extremist, his most critically acclaimed and commercially successful album to date. Surfing with the Alien was rereleased in 2007 to celebrate its 20th anniversary — it was a two-disc set that includes a remastered album and a DVD of a never-before-seen live show filmed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1988. In July 2015, Joe released his fifteenth studio album, Shockwave Supernova.
Joe Satriani is considered to be a highly technical guitarist, and has been referred to as a top guitar virtuoso. He has mastered many performance techniques on electric guitar, including legato, two-handed tapping and arpeggio tapping, volume swells, harmonics and extreme whammy bar effects. During fast passages, Joe favors a legato technique (achieved primarily through hammer-ons and pull-offs) that yields smooth and flowing runs. He is also adept at other speed-related techniques such as rapid alternate picking and sweep picking.
Joe has been influenced by blues-rock guitar icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Brian May, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck, as well as jazz fusion guitarist Allan Holdsworth.
Albums by Joe Satriani include:
- Engines of Creation
- Is There Love in Space
- Satchurated: Live in Montreal
- Shockwave Supernova
- Surfing With the Alien
Joe Satriani — Scarborough Stomp