1,000 Trumpeters (301-400)

Posted in Improvisation, jazz trumpet music, Musical Influences with tags , , , , on April 12, 2015 by pogo56

Hello everyone,

Here’s a list of more players to check out! Once again these are in no particular order and please reserve your grievances until after I’ve posted all of the players.

301.Vitaly Golovnev

302.Ian Carr

303.Emmett Berry

304.Derrick Gardner

305.Clay Jenkins

306.Doug Olson

307.Charlie Porter

308.Joe Gordon

309.Voro Garcia

310.Felix Rossy

311.David Weiss

312.DeWayne Clemons

313.Mao Sone

314.Herman Mehari

315.Tony D’Aveni

316.Daniel Campbell

317.Gordon Au

318.Ray Callendar

319.Johnathan Saraga

320.Mike Cottone

321.Dave Chisholm

322.Chris Burbank

323.Bobby Gallegos

324.Trombone Shorty

325.Etienne Charles

326.Stephane Belmondo

327.Ryan Carnieux

328.James Morrison

329.Stephen Haynes

330.Suresh Singaratnam

331.Takuya Kuroda

332.Tatum Greenblatt

333.Taylor Haskins

334.Terumasa Hino

335.Steve Fishwick

336.Thomas Heflin

337.Jeff Lofton

338.Laura Jurd

339.Tom Arthurs

340.Uan Rasey

341.Valaida Snow

342.Valery Ponomarev

343.Walter White

344.Ziggy Elman

345.Humberto Ramirez

346.James Zollar

347.Donald Malloy

348.Dwayne Eubanks

349.Dusko Goykovich

350.Eddie Gale

351.Eric Biondo

352.Eric Vloeimans

353.Erik Jekabson

354.Erik Truffaz

355.Fabio Morgera

356.Bill Chase

357.Brad Turner

358.Brian Swartz

359.Frank London

360.Greg Adams

361.Gilbert Castellanos

362.Billy Skinner

363.Max Colley III

364.Mike Olson

365.Matthew Stewart

366.Chris Lawrence

367.Renaud Gensane

368.Leon Brown

369.Jackie Coleman

370.Ryan Easter

371.Matt Lavelle

372.Kenyatta Beasley

373.Jimmy Owens

374.Daniel Noesig

375.Laurie Frink

376.Curtis Taylor

377.Mark Van Cleave

378.John Swana

379.Raymond Williams

380.Jeremy Sinclair

381.JS Williams

382.Mark Chuvala

383.Matt Leder

384.Mike Vax

385.Jim Manley

386.Jon Crowley

387.Frank Greene

388.Dave Ballou

389.Alphonso Horne

390.Yazz Ahmed

391.Jay Thomas

392.Ryan Quigley

393.Ravi Best

394.Uli Beckerhoff

395.Gabe Medd

396.John Sneider

397.Gregory Rivkin

398.Tanya Darby

399.Steve Fulton

400.Bart Miltenberger

More to come,

Jason Palmer

1,000 Trumpeters to check out (1-300)

Posted in Improvisation, jazz trumpet music, Musical Influences, Performance with tags , , , on April 7, 2015 by pogo56

Hello Trumpeters and everyone else,

Here’s a partial list of the 1,000 trumpeters that I think are worth checking out if you are serious about the craft. They are in no particular order.  Just listing off the top of the dome!! I’ll be releasing these in sections so stay tuned!

1.Buddy Bolden

2.Louis Armstrong

3.Jabbo Smith

4.Bix Beiderbeck

5.Henry “Red” Allen

6.Doc Chetham

7.Theo Croker

8.Wallace Roney

9.Miles Davis

10.Clifford Brown

11.Fats Navarro

12.Chet Baker

13.Freddie Hubbard

14.Booker Little

15.Lee Morgan

16.Richard Willams

17.Johnny Coles

18.Carmel Jones

19.Thad Jones

20.John McNeil

21.Sean Jones

22.Ambrose Akinmusire

23.Tom Harrell

24.Terence Blanchard

25.Wynton Marsalis

26.Philip Harper

27.Philip Dizack

28.Mike Rodriguez

29.Avishai Cohen

30.Ingrid Jensen

31.Clora Bryant

32.Maurice Brown

33.Corey Wilkes

34.Nicholas Payton

35.Don Ellis

36.Taylor Ho Bynum

37.Bill Dixon

38.Dave Douglas

39.Graham Haynes

40.Ted Curson

41.Jeremy Pelt

42.Darren Barrett

43.Greg Hopkins

44.Blue Mitchell

45.Randy Brecker

46.Peter Kenagy

47.Dan Rosenthal

48.Billy Buss

49.Eric Bloom

50.Dizzy Gillespie

51.Roy Eldridge

52.Snooky Young

53.Lonnie Hillyer

54.Jack Walrath

55.Lew Soloff

56.Josh Evans

57.Scotty Barnhart

58.Marquis Hill

59.Coung Vu

60.Woody Shaw

61.Andrew Baham

62.Irvin Mayfield

63.Derrick Shezbie

64.Jeremy Davenport

65.Kevin Louis

66.Theljon Allen

67.Deandre Shaffer

68.Peter Evans

69.Jay Phelps

70.Roy Hargrove

71.Lester Bowie

72.Jon Faddis

73.Benny Benack III

74.DuPree Bolton

75.Jonah Jones

76.Joe Wilder

77.Clark Terry

78.Freddie Webster

79.Nat Adderley

80.Brian Lynch

81.Art Farmer

82Leron Thomas

83.Keyon Harold

84.Arturo Sandoval

85.Waldron Ricks

86.Alex “Pope” Norris

87.Alan Shorter

88.Conti Candoli

89.Dave Neves

90.Phrarez Whitted

91.Ryan Kisor

92.Mike Olmos

93.Geechi Taylor

94.Louis Smith

95.Donald Byrd

96.Arve Henriksen

97.Gerard Prescenser

98.Phil Grenadier

99.Adam Rapa

100.Carlos Abadie

101.Lee Hogans

102.Michael “Patches” Stewart

103.Tom Brown

104.Herb Alpert

105.Chuck Mangione

106.Chris Botti

107.Gabe Johnson

108.Raynald Colom

109.Josiah Woodson

110Johnathan Finlayson

111.Chris Klaxton

112.Maynard Ferguson

113.Ralph Allesi

114.Rolf Erickson

115.Benny Bailey

116.Scott Tinkler

117.Bria Skonberg

118.Cindy Bradley

119.Rick Braun

120.Rashawn Ross

121.Tim Hagans

122.Dave Smith

123.Seneca Black

124.Marcus Printup

125.Kenny Rampton

126.Ron Horton

127.Pat Harbison

128.Ron Miles

129.Orbert Davis

130.Dominick Farrinachi

131.Nate Wooley

132.Adam O’Farrill

133.Greg Gisbert

134.Brad Goode

135.Hugh Ragin

136.Joe Robinson

137.Jay Lineberry

138.Harry James

139.Bruce Harris

140.Scott Arruda

140.Justin Ray

141.Marlon Jordan

142.Terell Stafford

143.Ashlin Parker

144.Forbes Graham

145.Nabate Isles

146.Alex Sipiagin

147.Ray Nance

148.Bunny Berigan

149.Oran “Hot Lips” Page

150.Kermit Ruffins

151.Virgil Jones

152.Bobby Shew

153.Enrico Rava

154.Red Rodney

155.Dizzy Reece

156.Jim Rotundi

157.Christian Scott

158.Ray Vega

159.Cy Touff

160.Charles Tolliver

161.Eddie Allen

162.Franco Ambrosetti

163.Ray Anderson

164.Donald Ayler

165.Guy Barker

166.Harold “Shorty” Baker

167.Mario Bauza

168.Uli Beckerhoff

169.Marcus Belgrave

170.Anders Bergcrantz

171.Wayne Bergeron

172.Steven Bernstein

173.Russ Johnson

174.Flavio Boltro

175.Bobby Bradford

176.Ruby Braff

177.Bud Brisbois

178.Till Bronner

179.Billy Butterfield

180.Pete Candoli

181.Andre Canniere

182.Roy Campbell

183.Benny Carter

184.Bill Chase

185.Don Cherry

186.Buck Clayton

187.Bill Coleman

188.John D’earth

189.Josh Deutsch

190.Billy Eckstine

191.Harry “Sweets” Edison

192.Mathias Eick

193.Ziggy Elman

194.Don Fagerquist

195.Dusko Gojkovic

196.Dennis Gonzalez

197.Jerry Gonzalez

199.Conrad Gozzo

200.Bobby Hackett

201.Bill Hardman

202.Eddie Henderson

203.Roger Ingram

204.Mark Isham

205.Don Jacoby

206.Bunk Johnson

207.Freddie Keppard

208.Hugh Masekela

209.Howard McGhee

210.Mike Metheny

211.Bubber Miley

212.Nils Petter Molvaer

213.Joe Newman

214.Farnell Newton

215.Ibrahim Maalouf

216.King Oliver

217.Ephraim Owens

218.Jimmy Owen

219.Herb Phillips

220.Herb Pomeroy

221.Chase Sanborn

223.Carl Saunders

224.Manfred Schoof

225.Doc Severinsen

226.Charlie Shavers

227.Jack Sheldon

228.Marvin Stamm

229.Tomasz Stanko

230.Rex Stewart

231.Allen Vizzutti

232.Kenny Wheeler

233.Cootie Willams

234.Cosimo Boni

235.Felix Rossy

236.Russell Macklem

237.Al Strong

238.Tiger Okoshi

239.Amir el Shafaar

240.Abram Wilson

241.Ahmed Abdullah

242.Al Porcino

243.Al Hood

244.Amik Guerra

245.Andrea Tofanelli

246.Ansyn Banks

247.Axel Dorner

248.Baikida Carroll

249.Barrie Lee Hall Jr.

250.Scott Wendholt

251.Bill Warfield

252.Bob Lark

253.Bob Montgomery

254.Brad Clements

255.Brad Mason

256.Brad Turner

257.Brandon Lee

258.Brian Chahley

259.Brownman

260.Antoine Drye

261.Michael Shobe

262.Nathan Breedlove

263.Susana Santos

264.Ray Codrington

265.Jorge Vistel

267.Justin Kisor

268.Arthur Whetsol

270.Mercer Ellington

271.Russell Gunn

272.Melvin Jones

273.Fabien Mary

274.John Bailey

275.Tom William (DC)

276.Matt Shulman

277.Matt Holman

278.Nadje Noordhuis

279.Diego Urcola

280.Jean Caze

281.Jumaane Smith

282.Barry Ries

283.Kenny Dorham

284.Melton Mustafa

285.Igmar Thomas

286.Thad Wilson

287.Michael Thomas

288.Trent Austin

289.Rasul Saddik

290.Leroy Jones

291.Lionel Ferbos

292.Malachi Thompson

293.Mark Rapp

294.Matthew Jodrell

295.Nick Roseboro

296.Nicole Rampersaud

297.Paolo Fresu

298.Randy Sandke

299.Raphe Malik

300.Rex Richardson

 More to come, Stay tuned!!

JP

Blindfold Bootleg Series: Walter Smith III

Posted in Improvisation, Musical Influences, Performance with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2015 by pogo56

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I’ve maintained for years that Walter Smith III is the Wayne Shorter of my generation.  I say this of the Houston native because like Wayne Shorter, who’s played alongside the greatest trumpet players of his generation and above (Miles, Freddie Hubbard, and Lee Morgan immediately come to mind); Walter has also done the same with his generation, performing with the likes of Ambrose Akinmusire, Sean Jones, Darren Barrett, Terence Blanchard, and Dave Douglas.  Walter has one of the most seamless streams of music originality that you can imagine coming from and improvising music.  He’s dona ALL of his homework so he is at home in any style that’s laid before him.  Not only is he a great saxophonist, he’s also an excellent composer, arranger, and educator.  Here’s what Walter had to say after hearing the examples:

Example 1: Marcus Strickland live at the Regattabar Cambridge Ma 2008
Marcus Strickland (sounds like his tone and time feel)

Response:  I’ve been listening to Marcus for years…I met him at IAJE when I was in high school and he was playing a white LA Sax! He blew me away then and continues to be one of my favorites and a real torch bearer for our generation.

Example 2: Myron Walden live at Fat Cat NYC (year unknown)
Not really sure on this one ….if I had to guess I would say Myron Walden? Sounds like his alto phrasing and articulation a bit, but I don’t know his tenor playing quite as well as his alto playing.
Response:  It’s cool how you can hear someone’s nuance regardless of the instrument they are playing! His playing with fellowship was a huge inspiration to me and still is. Also “Like A Flower Seeking the Sun” is still on the desert island list…

Example 3: Logan Richardson live at the Duc du Lombards Paris 2013
Logan Richardson (pretty awesome sound and patience).

Response: One of the absolute trend setters on the saxophone these days who is always pushing and inspiring. Another dude that’s carrying the torch for the generation!

Example 4: Ravi Coltrane live at the Jazz Standard 2013
So familiar but i can’t place it! My guess is going to be J.D. Allen but it’s more Trane than Wayne here.

Response: I can’t believe I missed this one! Especially because I’m pretty sure that I was at this show one day that week! Ravi has great ideas and great phrasing and always brings the energy!

Example 5: George Garzone live at the Museum Boston (year unknown)
Again, super familiar but I can’t place it! great sound/taste.

Response: Wow! Garzone! He’s a bad dude and has taught just about everybody I know at some point. Always great to hear him.

Example 6:  Bill McHenry Live at the Village Vanguard Nyc (year unknown)
hmm…

Response: I only have “Roses” and the quartet record with Paul Motian so I’m not as familiar with his playing as the rest of the guys here but getting more of his stuff is definitely on my list of things to do. Great ideas and unique directions with his phrases. Very cool.

Example 7:  Tim Warfield live at Scullers (year unknown)
Tim Warfield? Sounds like his sound and inflection for sure.
The one thing that’s happening here is I’m realizing how small my sound is!
Response: Tim is my man! Fell in love with his playing from the Nicholas Payton records in high school and he’s definitely a powerful saxophone player. He has one of the most colorful tones and set of inflection of anybody. I’d also imagine it would be fun to play in a rhythm section behind him since he has so much energy all the time.

Do yourself a big favor if you haven’t already and pick up Walter’s latest record on his website!!

Blindfold Bootleg Series: Dave Neves

Posted in Improvisation, jazz trumpet music, Performance with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2015 by pogo56

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Massachusetts native and recent NYC resident trumpet phenom David Neves has been a constant sonic inspiration for me.  I’ve been lucky enough to track his progress since I first heard him play at Wally’s about five or six years ago.  And he comes down often so its been that much more pleasurable to experience his progress week in and week out.  I often hire him to play in my band because I love the sound of the trumpet, especially when it’s in Dave’s hands, lol!!!  If you ask me he should have been in the Monk Semis in LA in 2014.  Here’s what Dave had to say after hearing with test:

Example 1-Dave Douglas Live at R-bar

I think this may be Dave Douglas? There are points of this solo where it sounds exactly like him, but there are also other parts where he plays things not really characteristic of his playing. To me, his inflections are Dave Douglas-ish though.

Example 2-Wynton live with Freddie Hubbard NYC

I’m really unsure of who this is. There’s points where it sounds like Freddie, but that would be too obvious. It’s not, but I can’t tell who it is. This is a good example though of a trumpet player who has a similar to other trumpet players (Freddie in this case).

Example 3-Ryan Kisor Live in Japan

To me, this sounds like Lee Morgan. His feeling and time-feel and ideas all scream Lee to me (in the beginning).  However, the lines he plays about a minute into the solo start getting a Woody Shaw sound definitely.  I can’t tell.

Example 4-Tom Harrell with Johnathan Blake

This is definitely Tom Harrell. Everything about this is Tom Harrell. He’s one of my favorite players. The space he leaves, his time-feel and his sound. Also whenever he plays anything, it sounds like he’s constantly searching for something different, but still with a melodic sense.

Example 5-Keyon Harrold live in NYC

In the beginning, I thought this might have been Roy Hargrove. I really can’t tell who it may be. It sounds like a younger trumpet player. Has so much fire and some awesome, and creative ideas. I just don’t know, but I wish I could play “One Finger Snap” like that. Then end when he’s holding the long notes out, it sounds like Nicholas Payton.

Example 6-Christian Scott Live at the R-Bar

Again, I can’t really tell who this is. Again, there’s some points where they sound a bit like Roy Hargrove, but there’s also points where it doesn’t sound like Roy at all.

Example 7-Art Farmer live in NYC

I really need to listen to more trumpet players! Whoever this is has a kind of Tom Harrell vibe, but I’m really unsure who it may be. John McNeil?

Dave has a new recording out that is excellent entitled Progress Report!  Stay afloat with what’s going on in Dave by visiting his facebook page!

Blindfold Bootleg Series: Jeremy Pelt

Posted in Improvisation, jazz trumpet music, Performance with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2015 by pogo56

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I truly think that any trumpeter of my generation or younger that’s playing anything of consequence owes a debt to Jeremy Pelt.  Jeremy is a prime example of an artist that has continued to reinvent himself, producing great interesting projects that are steeped in the history of the trumpet in this music as well as forward thinking.  I myself owe a huge debt to my fellow JP for simply bringing me down to Wally’s in the fall of 1997 and asking me to play for him as well as the subsequent lessons that followed!!  Here’s what Jeremy had to say after hearing the examples:


Example 1
-Dave Douglas Live at R-bar

1) Hmmm… I must admit that I’m completely clueless as to who it might be. There are shades of Keyon Harrold in there, but it’s definitely not him. There are shades of me in there, but definitely not me. I like where his solo went though, and I can’t wait to find out who it was.

Example 2-Wynton live with Freddie Hubbard NYC

2) Wynton Marsalis sitting in with Hub at the Blue Note. Interesting to hear how his sound evolved. Also, funnily enough listening to the first couple of phrases, you get the impression the Wynton is mocking Hub, which was the wrong thing to do in THIS period of Hub. Before he called Wynton up, he completely KILLED ‘Hubtones’.

Example 3-Ryan Kisor Live in Japan

3) Hmmm…. Can’t say I know who this is either. Obviously they’re indebted to Woody. The voicings on the piano suggest that it could be Harold Mabern on the piano.

Example 4-Tom Harrell with Johnathan Blake

4) Tom Harrell…That sound is so great, and you can hear K.D. all up in it.

Example 5-Keyon Harrold live in NYC

5.) Keyon Harrold…so open. Like the shape of his lines.

Example 6-Christian Scott Live at the R-Bar

6.) Is it Marquis Hill ?

Example 7-Art Farmer live in NYC

7.) Again…completely clueless.

Do yourself a favor and keep up with Jeremy’s new music and live appearances on his website!

Blindfold Bootleg Series: Greg Osby

Posted in Improvisation, Musical Influences with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2015 by pogo56

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I consider saxophonist/composer/sonic scholar Greg Osby to be my musical godfather.  He gave me my first big break by hiring me to play in his quintet after he released St. Louis Shoes.    This came at a time when I was thinking about quitting music.    I’ve learned what it means to be on the road and how to survive once you’re there under Osby’s tutelage.   He possesses a deep well of knowledge on musical stylings as well as a highly refined sense of taste and these qualities shine brightly in his playing and composing.  Here’s what Greg had to say after hearing the examples:

Example 1: Marcus Strickland live at the Regattabar Cambridge Ma 2008

1. This tenor saxophonist may be JD Allen. He sometimes plays in trio format without chordal accompaniment and it doesn’t sound very much like an older person. I’m assuming that it’s JD based on the player’s vibrato and attention to tone. I say tone as opposed to sound because everyone has a sound but everyone doesn’t necessarily have a tone, as exhibited by many of the likes of a Don Byas, Stan Getz, Ben Webster, Paul Gonsalves, Hank Mobley, Dexter Gordon, etc… TONE – the main ingredient, And JD has a beautiful tone and a very meaningful way of interpreting music. He some exhibits an admirable amount of patience.

AFTER:  OK, it’s Marcus. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard either him or JD enough to have answered this one correctly, but what I have heard from Marcus validates my response. He also has a beautiful full-bodied tone and appears to be concerned with proper execution and the development of solos via beautiful phrases. His ouput is very broad and lush and yet, still very precise.

Example 2: Myron Walden live at Fat Cat NYC (year unknown)

2. I can’t recognize the player, but his rush to flash lost my interest very quickly. There was little to hold onto, in terms of thematic material and melodic development. In the beginning, there was a brief statement, and the next thing I know all the fireworks were quickly being lit. Listening to music like this is akin to being shouted at for extended periods. It’s great to thing hear or to experience music like this live but it somehow loses it’s impact on recordings, given the references to the Coltrane/Jones dynamic that has been explored and even exploited to no end. It makes one wonder why would anyone seek to frame themselves in such an environment these days when the social and arts climate is so significantly different than when this mode of expression was being developed? It just doesn’t have the same meaning behind it anymore and the overall impact is lessened considerably. Somehow, for me, it amounts to yelling and forcing a point when there is none. Again, the players here are fantastic musicians but I’ve grown weary of this approach unless I’m in the venue when it’s actually happening.

AFTER: This makes sense. Myron is what I respectfully call a convert  – which is to say that I heard him first and know of him primarily as an alto saxophonist. I think that would account for the way he plays tenor. Maybe not. However, it’s easy for me to understand the excessively notey approach because many tenor players who “hear” alto or hiigher pitches in their heads like Stitt and Coltrane, have a tendency towards content bombardment. I am also guilty of this, and is why no one will ever hear me play tenor saxophone publicly, or otherwise. Mind you, playing with lots of notes isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it should be a progressive act. Not an aural assault just several bars in. But, just because it overwhelmed me doesn’t make it improper.

Example 3: Logan Richardson live at the Duc du Lombards Paris 2013

3. This very definitely sounds like Logan Richardson, who does have a very considerate and refined style with a strong sense of purpose in his playing as well as in his compositions. I appreciated the pacing of the build during his solo. It was very relaxed and there was no hurry to rush into a technical display. I also recognize his tone, which has some very personal and appealing characteristics to me. Interestingly enough, as an alto player myself, I must admit that I have a very low tolerance for the output of many, if not most, alto players. Some players have sounds that are very strident and devoid of body or fullness. Not human-like enough for my tastes. Also, the tendency for players to overwhelmingly embrace the discoveries and breakthroughs of the most prominent player of the day represents, to me, a failure to define themselves adequately by developing a methodology that emphasizes the core character in their musical makeup. They resign to playing the role of copyists and parrots, as opposed to crafting a style for themselves. This is one of the primary reasons why most laypersons have the usual throwaway impression that “all jazz sounds the same,” One can’t fully blame them for having such a perception, given the lack of sonic diversity amongst the ranks. At any rate, this is not one of those instances. Logan has successfully done what used to be the normal thing to do, which was to recognize and hone one’s own voice.

AFTER: This was the easiest and most obvious example, as Logan is one of my favorite contemporary improvising artists. He has a great mind and is fearless. It would have been nice to have evaluated a few more altoists during this listening session but tenor is, and always has been, much more popular than the smaller horn. There are many reasons for this, but that’s an entirely different discussion.

Example 4: Ravi Coltrane live at the Jazz Standard 2013

4. More chordless saxophone trio. Again I’m at a loss for who it is. I’ll take a wild guess and say Tivon Pennicott but that’s a shot in the dark. I do appreciate the player’s sense of articulation, which is a characteristic That I find to be missing in the playing of many contemporary players who often seen to slur through every line with no detail to the attack or punctuating elements. Here, there’s a sameness in approach that is shared by many younger players that makes them difficult to identify, as if they are all influenced by the same guy. Proficient many, but hopelessly similar.

AFTER: I’ve always enjoyed Ravi’s playing, and I’m surprised that I didn’t recognize him here. I heard him live at Birdland a while ago and was really caught up in his creativity and dominance on the bandstand and how he navigated around within the forms of his music. This performance wasn’t reflective of anything that I heard that night, although I do appreciate his approach to the instrument. He usually doesn’t play in a manner that one would expect, which gets my attention immediately. Perhaps he wasn’t so inspired during this song or maybe there were other moments that night where he caught fire.

Example 5: George Garzone live at the Museum Boston (year unknown)

5. Without know who it is, I must say that I really like this. Some very good decisions are being made and the player sounds very mature and he makes no effort to impress, although he sounds very proficient. The beginning of the solo has definite Stan Getz inflections, which these days is so rare that hearing this is a breath of fresh air. If only players would dig into the archives and research and study the output of some of the more ignored masterful players of the music, they would find an untapped pool of resources that would separate them from the rest of the pack that has chosen to emulate the popular players of the day. I almost hear a bit of Charles Lloyd in the makeup of this player. Yet another untapped resource worth investigating.

AFTER: I was right about the mature aspects of the tenor playing here, but I’m disappointed in myself for not recognizing George. What he does is always masterful and unique. He has a genuine love of the art and comes with a great deal of passion and information that he can back up theoretically as well as sonically. I can hear many levels of acknowledgement and history in his playing, coupled with his own discoveries and developments. He is one of the important voices and minds in contemporary improvised music.Example 6: Bill McHenry Live at the Village Vanguard Nyc (year unknown)

6. No clue. I don’t hear very many identifying characteristics other than the eighth note feel in the lines. I did like the development of the riff in the beginning, as well as the articulation.
AFTER: I have heard Bill live several times, but even after the reveal I still don’t know enough about what he does to identify him.

Example 7: Tim Warfield live at Scullers (year unknown)7. I can’t identify this player either. It’s interesting because I happen to go out to hear players perform live a LOT, and I thought that I knew the approaches styles and detail of many of the younger cats. However hearing this final player is akin to sampling perfume – in a short while, they all start to smell the same, even if they are amazing. In the case of this listening session, I’ve heard some amazingly accomplished players, but, for me, most of them lack standout characteristics in style, approach interpretation, concept, logic, phrasing and TONE (most important) This isn’t to say they are not good players, I’m saying that there’s not much of a difference between them other than that they’ve all have an exceptionally similar educational makeup and inspirational foundation. They not only speak the same language, but the same dialect and inflections as will, which makes listening to them fine – the first rime.

AFTER: It’s been years since I’ve heard Tim live, and this example shows very few outstanding or identifying markers, if you will. What he’s doing certainly shows accomplishment, but I was waiting for something that really would set him apart from anyone else, and it didn’t happen for me. I’m not referring to something very radical either – perhaps a personally developed technique, conceptual approach, a way of developing ideas and phrases, a very personal tone, juxtaposition of thoughts, etc.. something that would make me do a double take or press rewind. None of my observations are meant to suggest that he is incapable of these things, it just isn’t projected on this cut.

When I hear Ben Webster, Don Byas, Gene Ammons, Paul Desmond, Joe Henderson, Cannonball, Getz, Ben Webster, Young, Hodges, Konitz, etc.. play just a few notes, their identity is unmistakeable. Who they are is not necessarily defined by content, but by a deliberate crafting and cultivation of a trademark tone and a sense of purpose.

Everyone do yourself a huge favor by staying current to Greg’s new projects and live events by frequenting his website.

Blindfold Series: EJ Strickland

Posted in Performance on February 14, 2015 by pogo56

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EJ Strickland is one of the most versatile, in-demand musical artists of my generation living in NY and performing on the international stage.  I first met him and his brother at the Monk Camp in Aspen over 15 years ago.  He’s got an infectious groove at the drum throne and he’s a great composer as well!  Here’s what EJ had to say after hearing the examples:


Example 1-Kendrick Scott
Tribute to Herbie Hancock in NYC (year unknown)

1.)  I wanna say Kendrick, but I’m very hesitant..  really not sure..  but, I hear some Roy Haynes influence..  I’m sure it’s not him, though..  Marcus Gilmore is my 2nd guess

Example 2-Jochen Ruechert in England (year unknown) with Michael Janisch’s 5tet (Jason Palmer, Paul Booth, MJ, Jim Hart, JR)

2.)  I’m thinking this might be Nasheet Waits..  very loose approach..  but, again..  I hesitate..

Example 3-Marcus Gilmore in Boston with Nicholas Payton 5tet (year unknown)

3.)  Have no idea..  but, nice solo

Example 4-Obed Calvaire in Cambridge with Kurt Rosenwinkel 5tet (year unknown)

4.)  Kendrick Scott..  I definitely thinks this is KADS.

Example 5-Jamire Williams in NYC with Darren Barrett and Myron Walden

5.)  This guy comes from where I’m coming from on the drums a bit..  we might have similar influences..  maybe Jonathan Blake..  I hesitate, once again.
Example 6-Jeff Ballard in London with Jason Palmer, Michael Janisch, and Julian Siegel.
6.)  I’m pretty certain that this is Jeff Ballard..  cymbal sound..  approach..  drum sound..  yeah, that’s Ballard.
Example 7-Clarence Penn in London with Jason Palmer and Cedric Hanriot’s City of Poets (2014)
7.)  I have no idea..  starts off very minimalistic..  I don’t know too many cats that play like that..

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