[JPL] Walter Becker blindfold

Jim Wilke jwilke123 at comcast.net
Thu Aug 10 15:46:15 EDT 2006

I suppose it's like learning a foreign language, when you progress  
from translating from one language to another and begin to think in  
the new language.   In a case like this it's probably a matter of  
thinking in terms of pitch, instead of transposing the written notes  
to the keys of the instrument.  In both cases it takes too long to  
translate/transpose to become fluent.

By the way, there's a podcast of Steve and Ingrid Jensen and Bruce  
Forman on a club date I recorded at Jazz Port Townsend currently  
available at http://www.kplu.org/jandb/wilke.html

Jim Wilke
Jazz After Hours, PRI

On Aug 10, 2006, at 12:23 PM, Jae Sinnett wrote:

> Jim,
>   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
> Jim Wilke <jwilke123 at comcast.net> wrote:
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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
> www.jazzafterhours.org
> 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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