[JPL] Walter Becker blindfold

Jae Sinnett jaejazz at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 9 14:51:53 EDT 2006

Ed...please. I'm not even sure I know how to respond to what you just wrote because it's so ridiculous. I'm truly hoping you're joking but I don't think so which is scary to me. It doesn't matter if it's not their primary instrument because when they played it could you tell it wasn't? I guess Trane wasn't lovin that horn when he lit up "My Favorite Things" or "Inch Worm." Most tenor or alto players also play soprano and flute. Most of the ones I mentioned use the soprano on I would guess about 30-40 percent of their performances. I think that's more than just something they thought would "fit" in. The soprano's place in modern jazz history is significant and for those that work in jazz to reduce it's importance to nothingness is stunning. Not liking the instrument as a personal preference is one thing but to imply it has no value in this music........ jeez. 
  Jae Sinnett
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In a message dated 8/9/2006 1:18:10 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, 
jaejazz at yahoo.com writes:

<<..I would also expect someone like him to dis the soprano but true jazz 
folk? I guess Trane, Garrett, Marsalis, Liebman, Shorter, Wilson, Potter, 
Cannon, Roscoe Mitchell, Joshua Redman, etc.....were all just wasting their time 
and playing noise on this crappy stick figure of metal. I think not..>>

Few of these players used the soprano primarily, it came into their 
repertoire only when the musical composition was appropriate. Even Kenton used a 
soprano once or twice, on some great Gene Roland numbers. It can fit, but aside 
from Dave Liebman, the names you cite are reedmen who primarily use "real" 



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