[JPL] Hello and a major query in E-flat

Paul Combs pcomb at comcast.net
Wed Jun 13 19:13:58 EDT 2007


I'll second that, Dick.  Linda, you might check out some of Kip 
Hanrahan's CDs (if they haven't been suggested already).

Paul Combs

Dick LaPalm wrote:
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> Hi Linda,
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> From the excellent Donald Fagen cd, "Morph The Cat", I'd say that H 
> Gang, What I Do,
> and The Great Pagoda of Funn would work extremely well at Jazz radio.  
> The first because
> of the chord changes and short tenor solo by Walt Weiskopf; the 
> second, because of its
> bluesy melody line and subject matter (young Fagen meets the ghost of 
> Ray Charles); and
> the third, because of Marvin Stamm's muted trumpet spot (and the 
> shifting ensemble voicings
> behind it).  Plus, a vibes part emerges behind in the latter section 
> of this one.
> Just my opinion, of course.  But I've been around Jazz radio for over 
> fifty years; calling on many
> of its legendary broadcasters (Mort Fega, Sid McCoy, Dick Martin, 
> Felix Grant, Norm Nathan),
> so I consider myself a good judge of the arena, and what works.  From 
> a rhythmic aspect, none is
> "pure Jazz", per se, but, as Miles and Co. once limned in song, "So 
> What"?  If I were in the car
> at night listening to a Jazz station, or what passes for one nowadays, 
> and any one of those three
> selections suddenly came through the speakers, I'd be ecstatic!  
> Furthermore, there are at least
> two dozen Steely Dan recordings that would also work at Jazz radio, 
> beginning with Parker's Band
> from their "Pretzel Logic" cd, and continuing thru the title track of 
> "Aja" with that staggering
> Wayne Shorter solo.
>
> Warm regards,
> Dick LaPalm
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