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Killer Joe was on the juke box at the BX cafeteria when I was in the service. One of the first memorable instrumental jazztunes for me. Wasn't that a sextet with Donald Byrd as co-leader? I know I could look it up on Amazon but what fun is there doin that. Was to hear much more Benny Golson later.
Sonny Rollins is still playing gigs, last I knew and he is well over 80. I read a bitchy review about a recent concert but there are those times when Sonny just goes where ever he feels and he can be on a different plane altogether and the band just has to wait until he returns to earth. This can be brilliant but somewhat disconcerting.Larry
Yea, it's a shame when guys try to keep playing after they've lost it. There's a big difference, to me at least, between a guy like Art Blakey who could still play, and a guy like Freddie Hubbard for instance. Playing a horn is physically demanding in a different way. The pressure and having to control the air flow isn't for the weak. Freddie kept playing after he couldn't cut it. Maybe he needed the bread cause he had been really sick and we know how that is. But I remember Freddie as a killer trumpet player - the best, not as I heard him in this century.Joe Henderson could play when he was older. I guess he didn't make it to 80, but he didn't seem to lose it. I don't know about Sonny Rollins. Seems like maybe he should sit down.neo
A little trivia, McCoy Tyner's first big gig was with the Jazztet. Benny helped launch Blakey to international super stardom with his huge contributions to Blakey's big album "Moanin." That record plus his "I Remember Clifford" with Dizzy at Newport the same year put Golson on the map in a big way. I was never much of a fan of his playing, too derivative of Hawk, but he did temper his enthusiasm with subtlety and humility unlike some other tenors of the time.
I appreciate Hawkins but he was a pop star, not a bopper. Likewise, Golson had a populist approach to jazz, and music in general which yielded a great career. His blowing struggled to keep up with the heavies of his early years even though he was close friends with all of them. But he thrived when he was with improvisors on his own level (Farmer) and a steady stream of youngins', and when his writing was featured.
Look in your fake book.
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