[JPL] Who is Jazz's Greatest Living Legend?

Larry Thomas lrt0393 at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 23 14:30:00 EDT 2007


Derrick:

They all sound good.  I vote for my main man and good friend Jimmy Heath and 
his baby brother Al "Tootie" Heath, who has to be the winner of the jazz cat 
with the greatest and sickest sense of humor!  What a funny cat.

Larry Reni Thomas


>From: "Derrick Lucas" <dnlbka at rit.edu>
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>Subject: [JPL] Who is Jazz's Greatest Living Legend? Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2007 
>10:26:51 -0400
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>A question to spark discussion and friendly debate,
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>Who in your opinion is jazz's greatest living legend by instrument and
>overall?
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>So here's my opinion off the top of my head. I know I'm missing somebody
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>Alto Sax-Ornette Coleman
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>Bass-Ron Carter
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>Drums-Max Roach
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>Guitar-Kenny Burrell
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>Guitar-George Benson
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>Hammond B3-Jimmy McGriff
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>Piano-Oscar Peterson
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>Piano- Dave Brubeck
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>Piano-Herbie Hancock
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>Piano-Horace Silver
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>Tenor Sax-Sonny Rollins
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>Tenor Sax-Wayne Shorter
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>Trombone-Curtis Fuller
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>Trumpet-Freddie Hubbard
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>Vibes-Bobby Hutcherson
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>Vocals (Male) Jon Hendricks
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>Vocals (Female)-Etta James
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>Of the names listed I would say Max would get my vote as jazz's greatest
>living legend.
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>Who's yours?
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>Cheers!
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>Derrick
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