[JPL] SAX Heritage/Walter Becker blindfold

jazzrockworld rick at jazzrockworld.com
Wed Aug 9 15:44:59 EDT 2006

Yep, there it is...

In the words of a famous Soprano player Dave Liebman "Lighten up, Please"

Becker and Fagen (besides being quality musicians) are also good comedians
and should be laughed with, not at. I loved Roland Kirk and Benny Maupin
playing the Stritch, but it's certainly not on my List of Favorite
Instruments. Does that invalidate the Stritch? I don't think Becker
invalidated the Soprano either. 

Thank you Ricky!!!

Rick Calic


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eric jackson makes an excellent point.  both soprano sax [and  clarinet] had
mighty influences on the development of saxophone playing and  major
there exists for just one example, an unmistakable linkage between   the 
soprano of sidnet bechet to the clarinet of alvin batiste with the (tenor
and) soprano of john coltrane.
it should not be overlooked that mr. becker (along with mssr. fagen) has
demonstrated a preference for tenor players [and always employed outstanding
ones on their recordings]; is a master of irony, sarcasm and self
this is one very smart (and frequently smart-assed)  musician/artist.  he
did after all title his first solo LP "12 Tracks of  Whack"
never forget that becker and fagen can frequently be found with tobgue
squarely planted in cheek. ..
without question this extends to drummers: Steely Dan always used the best
of the best
i found walter's blindfold very entertaining.  let us not forget  Steely Dan
probably did more to create recognition for jazz and jazz musicians  than
any "pop" group ever.  Becker & Fagan's respect for jazz is  obvious. 
okay--my bias should be revealed here: Weather Report and Steely Dan were
my two favorite groups during my radio days in the 70s...and remain all
these years later right up there with the all-time greats.
...don't take me alive...i still haven't lost that number
ricky schultz  

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