[JPL] Walter Becker blindfold

Jim Wilke jwilke123 at comcast.net
Thu Aug 10 14:53:30 EDT 2006

A couple of notable names missing from the list are Jane Ira Bloom  
and Jane Bunnett.  To my ears at least, these two women bring out the  
best qualities of the instrument, they're both original in their  
approach and neither is tenor player doubling (or dabbling) on  
soprano!   Jane Ira Bloom brings out the sweetest sound on the  
instrument of anybody I've heard.  Jane Bunnett's imaginative  
incorporation of traditional Cuban music and modern jazz is a new  
blend that carries us beyond the tradition.

BTW, I don't think the soprano is a difficult instrument to play.   
I've played soprano, alto and baritone.  The fingering is the same on  
all saxes, but the bari takes a whole LOT more wind than the  
soprano.  I think it comes down to a musician's concept and tonal  
production whether or not you can make good music on a soprano sax or  
any instrument - including harmonica, accordion, banjo or mandolin.    
(well, maybe a little more difficult on the latter two)   ;-)

I admire anyone who can play clarinet.  It's one of the most fiendish  
contraptions devised by man.  Pete Christlieb says his clarinet  
squeaks when it's still in the case!

Jim Wilke
Jazz After Hours, PRI

On Aug 9, 2006, at 2:07 PM, Bradley M. Stone wrote:

> The soprano sax is much more firmly in place in jazz today, than  
> say the clarinet (once popular, now much more rare).  Jae's list of  
> current or recent practioners is certainly evidence of that.
> Brad

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