While most of his peers were pushing for a faster and louder style of playing, Gilmour's subtly and phrasing set him apart. A bluesman at heart, Gilmour combined an emotive touch with his natural British reserve to create his own style of slow bends, sustain, and tone, on his way to becoming the driving force behind "The Floyd's" atmospheric sound. He pioneered quadrophonic mixing in the studio, and was possibly the first guitarist to slide up past the fretboard, giving many Floyd songs their layered undertones. David never seemed to step outside his natural abilities, which, given his work, is something very impressive.
Essential listening: Time, Dogs, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Comfortably Numb, Marooned.
I don't think any guitarist should have more than 4 or 5 "essential listening" tracks.
Good concise bio.
Under "essential listening" ...I agree adding Marooned. I think that for a new listener to appreciate David's pure artistry and mucisianship there should be one song recommendation featuring his lap steel virtuosity, I would add either High Hopes or One of these Days to showcase that part of his lap steel repertoire. Since High Hopes was the last solo from the last song on the last PF album in '94, maybe that would be a good coda to end the list. By the way, he plays a mean/emotive sax on his last solo On an Isalnd lp called Red Sky . ...(his vocal chops ain't bad either) He's the whole package...a consummate artist in the truest sense of the word.
A nice quote below from famed music producer Bob Ezrin would add a nice touch if it can fit.
As noted by The Wall producer/collaborator Bob Ezrin, “…..with Gilmour, equipment is secondary to touch. You can give him a ukulele and he’ll make it sound like a Stradivarius. He’s truly got the best set of hands with which I have ever worked.”
Article from GuitarDigest on Gilmour’s influence and equipment he uses. http://guitardigest.com/GILMOUR.pdf
Maybe I'll give it a shot with a Carlos Santana bio. Gonna be tough to keep it concise since his body of work is so immennse.