What is your favorite jazz instrument?

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic. Read 468 times.

Archguy

What is your favorite jazz instrument?
« on: 29 Jul 2017, 11:20 pm »
For me it's a tossup between the piano and the trumpet.  Love 'em love 'em love 'em.

Least favorite is the sax, any sax.  Maybe just because they're ubiquitous.
But also because of the symbology, though I suppose you can't blame the instrument for that.

Hah.  'Grazing in the Grass' just came on.  I forgot cowbell.  How could I forget cowbell?

richidoo

Re: What is your favorite jazz instrument?
« Reply #1 on: 30 Jul 2017, 12:27 am »
Trumpet, of course. My father taught me the trumpet is the king of the jazz combo. Trumpet always supposed to take the first solo in dixieland band. I've seen a lot of combos over the years, trumpet always has the biggest mystique and potential for excitement.

Going to see Dizzy many times when I was a kid I remember walking into the venue and seeing his trumpet sitting on stage on a little stand. I thought, "Oh shit, there it is!" I knew I was in for a thrill.

On the other hand, when a trumpeter fails to live up to expectations, or is overhyped, there's no bigger disappointment. Discovering a new jazz trumpeter to study and listen to is a special treat. Sadly that doesn't happen as much as it once did. It's so hard to play it well. 

FullRangeMan

  • Volunteer
  • Posts: 10079
  • All Tweeters look like a target, then shoot them!
    • Never go to a psychiatrist, adopt a straycat or dog. On the street they live only two years average.
Re: What is your favorite jazz instrument?
« Reply #2 on: 30 Jul 2017, 12:47 am »
Depends on who is playing, but never hear a better tenor than Bob Fleming:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osJeHP2QpWU

S Clark

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 5219
  • Measurements don't make your toes tap
Re: What is your favorite jazz instrument?
« Reply #3 on: 30 Jul 2017, 01:36 am »
The Immortal Leon Sash and his flying fingers on the accordian! :thumb:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAeIJO5JhCk
I actually have this lp.

dB Cooper

Re: What is your favorite jazz instrument?
« Reply #4 on: 30 Jul 2017, 01:53 am »
I would anticipate sax being the most common pick, and I definitely love me a good sax player (major Lew Tabackin fan), but just for chuckles, I'm gonna nominate vibes.

Russell Dawkins

Re: What is your favorite jazz instrument?
« Reply #5 on: 30 Jul 2017, 02:24 am »
I nominate bass. When well played it completes the feeling so satisfyingly in all kinds of ensembles. For solo instruments I would have say guitar or even the voice.

FullRangeMan

  • Volunteer
  • Posts: 10079
  • All Tweeters look like a target, then shoot them!
    • Never go to a psychiatrist, adopt a straycat or dog. On the street they live only two years average.
Re: What is your favorite jazz instrument?
« Reply #6 on: 30 Jul 2017, 03:22 am »
The Hammond has the sound so good that even badly played is beautiful.

FullRangeMan

  • Volunteer
  • Posts: 10079
  • All Tweeters look like a target, then shoot them!
    • Never go to a psychiatrist, adopt a straycat or dog. On the street they live only two years average.
Re: What is your favorite jazz instrument?
« Reply #7 on: 30 Jul 2017, 03:28 am »
The Immortal Leon Sash and his flying fingers on the accordian! :thumb:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAeIJO5JhCk
I actually have this lp.
So you will like it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsCPNMA_UPM

HsvHeelFan

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 443
Re: What is your favorite jazz instrument?
« Reply #8 on: 30 Jul 2017, 04:03 am »
Trombone for me.  I'm a huge Kai Winding fan.  JJ Johnson, Urbie Green or Bill Watrous are also good.

Next would be Trumpet followed by alto sax (I'm not a Tenor fan) then piano.

My favorite alto sax player is Paul Desmond.  Great sound, decent technique and he always knew where he was going, melodically and musically speaking.

HsvHeelFan

Russell Dawkins

Re: What is your favorite jazz instrument?
« Reply #9 on: 30 Jul 2017, 08:14 am »
Trombone for me.  I'm a huge Kai Winding fan.  JJ Johnson, Urbie Green or Bill Watrous are also good.
HsvHeelFan

You might enjoy Ian McDougall if you haven't heard him. He has a sound so distinctive I can identify it when I hear him on the radio. He also possesses the niceset tone, vibrato and phrasing I have heard.

Here's a fragment from one of the CDs on the list from his website. I recorded it, so I'm a little biased, I guess!
http://www.ianmcdougall.com/audio/joanna.mp3
That's from "Burnin' the House Down" a live recording of his sextet done at a local club which burned down three days after the recording. I also recorded "Songs and Arias", a 2 CD set, in 1997, or thereabouts.
http://www.ianmcdougall.com/cd-sales.html

Nick77

Re: What is your favorite jazz instrument?
« Reply #10 on: 30 Jul 2017, 10:55 am »
I nominate bass. When well played it completes the feeling so satisfyingly in all kinds of ensembles. For solo instruments I would have say guitar or even the voice.

Im a sucker for a big double bass also!  :thumb: