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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sunday Music Blogging

Another selection from Kenton's London appearance in 1972.

A Little Minor Booze is composed and arranged by Willie Maiden.  I don't know who the alto soloist is.  I'm assuming Quin Davis, since he has it on the album, and the style is similar. Flugelhorn solo by Ray Brown.

One interesting detail on the arrangement is the syncopated scale passage at 4:05 - just before the bass trombone pedal at 4:11, has 2nd trombone ascending and 3rd trombone descending.  They cross somewhere near the middle (or maybe the top) of the bass clef.


J said...

Definitely hard swingin' there. I don't think that's Quin Davis on alto (great solo either way)--

Jazzbumpa said...

Other than Shearer, I don't any of these guys by sight. Just guessing at Davis. Soloist could be Maiden - it's his song.


Jazzbumpa said...

Now that I think about it some more, it's probably Davis. Kenton only used one alto, with 2 tenors and bari. Davis was definitely an alto player, and he has the solo on the LIVE AT REDLANDS album.

Not definitive, but strong circumstantial evidence.

J said...

Great alto playing defines jazz, ah believe--like Charlie Parker. Whoever this is, he's got a Bird sound, with some 60's Trane-like touches. Other great alto players were Paul Desmond, Pepper to an extent (he was usually a bit strung out for high-powered jass). Tenor works as well--like 'Trane or Getz, Rollins--but alto not quite as loud or honkey. Even 'Trane sounds a bit fog-horn like at times. Soprano a different matter--I dig it--but a bit too ethereal at times.

The Alto's the sound of urban gloom, cops n robbers, pimps n ho's etc. Noir, daddy-o.