[JPL] Walter Becker blindfold

Jae Sinnett jaejazz at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 10 15:23:45 EDT 2006

  Since you played these instruments.....you might appreciate this sidebar.....As you know tenor, trumpet and soprano are Bb and alto Eb - so imagine playing saxophone and reading everything is concert.... Steve Wilson actually perfers to have "concert" or "C" parts for what he has to read. Most struggle with transposition but he almost reads concert parts better than Bb or Eb. He said it keeps him closer to "seeing" what the piano player is playing. Interesting. Also, what many don't know about him is that he is a great baritone player. He loves it but few have heard him play it.  
  Jae Sinnett

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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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