SDC wrote:I heard a good story about how Frank Zappa gave Jimi his first wah-wah pedal during a stretch of shows they played at the Fillmore East.
It's actually interesting how Hendrix's first album (66) is pre-wah, and Axis - Bold As Love (67) is full of it. At the same time, Eric started using it on Disraeli Gears (Tales of Brave Ulysses).
Here's Miles Davis, with John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, and others a few months after that Hendrix concert, with the track "Right Off" from "A Tribute to Jack Johnson".
The really cool thing about this is how the bass player misses the key change at about 2:10, keeps on obliviously "thunk", "thunk", "thunk" (or, to be fair, perhaps McLaughlin plays the wrong chord). Davis, rather than aborting the take, turns it into a triumph by coming in with just the right notes to resolve the chord...
This was recorded in April 1970, presumably after Davis had become infatuated with Hendrix's Band of Gypsies performances ("That Machine Gun, Man..." sorry, can't do Miles' voice justice in print...) and wanted that funk feel. Only McLaughlin has a wah wah on this, but later, almost everyone in his band had one... This is paralleled in Zappa's band, with Zappa's horn players making nice use of it in the early 70s...