ronster wrote:If you play the insturment and you've seen him play with his band (not the dead) then you gotta put Steve Kimock at the top of the list.
BTW for those who have Kottke on the list, I would say when I first saw him play in 1976 that he would be right up on top of the list. Like kimock you would just stand or sit there with your jaw dropped down in amazement. But he lost that fire a long time ago that made him special. Last 3 or 4 times I've seen him were good but nothing like he was.
Sometime in the 80's or circa1990?, Leo actually was forced to abandon certain utlra-extreme right-hand techniques that, while sounding totally bad-ass, were injuring his hand and wrist, gradually threatening his ability to play at all. So yeah, he did have to back off a bit. Despite that, I've seen him play 3 times (both before and after) and have been blown away each time:
'88 at Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock IL (which stood in for Punxatawny,PA in Groundhog Day
'94 at Milwaukee Zoo, WI
'05 at Horning's Hideout, N. Plains, OR w/ Mike Gordon & Neil Symonette- AWESOME!