So which direction to go in this, the final solo of the day?
I thought of putting a turntablist here, most likely DJ Shadow, but didn't find a definitive performance that screamed SotD to me... it's more the body of work.
Next I reached for an old college favorite, SRV's Riviera Paradise, where SRV delves into his jazziest moments but is still fully grounded in slow blues. That isn't my favorite, definitive version of that song though. That's the trouble with live performances, you know? I think this might be, but the video is crap. So no matter how much I like the song, I just can't make it the SotD.
Then how about Clapton's Edge of Darkness, where he plays with an orchestra? Except his tone is too thin and the orchestra starts the second half much too fast to maintain the mood... I think he had better performances in later nights (24 nights of concerts). Or maybe I'm misremembering the recording... senility will do that to you... the old days seem warm and bright in your memory and the present seems harsh and cold.
How about a nylon string guitar solo? I love those, even though I can't ever seem to justify keeping a classical guitar around for whatever reason. Performances like this Paco de Lucia piece certainly are making me rethink that.
I think Steve Steven's performance is well deserving. Besides, I play nylon string guitars with a pick too. And I have to go back to work now.