I love how, if you're only watching his face as he plays you'd never have a clue that so much complexity is coming through that horn. It's the Magician inaction.
I spent hours listening to Buddy Rich play. The man had the smoothest snare rolls I have ever heard. I gave up drumming. I hope my niece who studies saxophone at the conservatory never has a similar reaction after hearing Bird.
Parker and Desmond were my teachers. Parker taught me whimsy and technique and Desmond taught me to sing with my instrument. I wish I'd never given up the saxomophone. Sigh.
Hi all- Thanks as always for reading and commenting. The video just has a fun vibe, doesn't it? Hey Jewel- We have Paul Desmond going on a more or less continuous loop around here.
One of the best albums I ever had by Dave Brubeck was an album called Jazz Impressions of the USA, which was, until very recently very hard to find on disc, but now it can be downloaded and played for a mere 7 bucks. My favorite piece on this album is Curtain Time, which had a lovely melody and harmonic progression. Also, if you have Dave Digs Disney...that is really one of the best albums, too. Especially the Bach-treatment of Alice in Wonderland. Damn, but that is some good music gone away too long.Have you introduced your boys to Spike Jones or Stan Freburg, yet?
Stan Freburg - The New World! Mutiny mutiny mutiny. Banks closed - Columbus day!
Make that "Freberg". My bad...
I keep forgetting how to spell his name, darnit.
Thank goodness for Wikipedia, right? Other than they are wrong about many things, but I think his name is spelled correctly there.
I saw a lot of great jazz big bands, from Kenton to Herman and Ferguson. I saw Basie and Kenton shortly before they died. I saw Mel Lewis and Thad Jones and Phil Woods, too. I was one lucky teenager. I saw them all live at the Paramount in Seattle back before it became an anarchist grunge haven.
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