Watch the Level 1: Jazz Blues Soloing online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Take 5: Jazz Blues Soloing

I'd read in interviews that T-Bone Walker was a big influence on B.B. King, but it wasn't until I got my hands on a reissue of B.B.'s 1950's recordings that I heard it for myself. Where's the guy who plays just one note and lets it vibrate? 1950's B.B. King has much of the same chattery flow as classic T-Bone, along with a brighter tone, very different from the more complete, rounded but penetrating sound captured on Live at the Regal. Hearing 50's B.B. makes you realize both how much he loved T-Bone and how much he had already found his own muse by the 1964 Regal show.