Listen to Jimi Hendrix Jam two days before he died

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A restored clip of Jimi Hendrix playing in a London club two days before his death appears in an upcoming documentary.

It is taken from a tape recorded by an audience member at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Room on September 16, 1970, when Hendrix invited Eric Burdon’s War and performed “Mother Earth” and “Tobacco Road” with them.

The movie clip Ronnie’s can be seen below.

Director Oliver Murray said rolling stone it had taken some time to locate Bill Baker, who had made the recording using a large reel-to-reel tape recorder he had slipped into the club. The documentary team was able to clean up the original audio and bring Hendrix’s guitar to the fore. “It’s unmistakably Jimi from the moment he steps on stage,” Murray said. “Its touch and tone is unique to this day even after the hordes of players who have tried to replicate it. It’s so lyrical and fits perfectly into the colourful, jazz-tinged jam that Eric Burdon and War are preparing for the public.

In the clip, War guitarist Howard Scott describes the moment as one to treasure forever, but adds, “The next night we learned that after the set Jimi was dead. It was a terrible thought right there that I was the last guitarist to play with him.

Ronnie’s can be seen in select theaters and through digital channels on February 11. Greenwich Entertainment producers called it “a chronicle of the life of saxophonist Ronnie Scott, from poor Jewish child in London’s East End to legendary nightclub owner.” in a statement, adding that it features “glorious performances by jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, Van Morrison, Chet Baker and others”.

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