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One can't talk about players who've advanced the blues and not bring up Jeff Beck's name. Jeff Beck started his career playing in the Yardbirds. As you may know, Beck hails from England where there is a deep respect for the blues. Beck has taken blues playing and truly made it his own.
This is a lick I found in the tune You Know What I Mean and it is a peek into Beck's bending style and left of center phrasing. The lick in D has some great chromatic moves. Check it out.