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Thread #106399 Message #3683856
Posted By: Will Fly
09-Dec-14 - 08:51 AM
Thread Name: Long-time british jazz musicians
Subject: RE: Long-time british jazz musicians
Oh, the jazz "purists" of one persuasion or another are still alive and kicking, are they? Our band never paid any attention to all that purist crap - we just played what we liked. We'd follow a nice, old-fashioned version of "Beale Street", say, with Duke Ellington's "East St. Louis Toodle-ooh" and then perhaps a really heavy, guitar-riff based version of Mongo Santamaria's "Watermelon Man" - and then "Shake Your Money Maker" with me blasting away on blues harp with a brass line behind me!
Unlike many of the band of the period, we had a 4-piece front line - trombone, alto sax, trumpet and tenor/baritone - so we could vary the sound considerably.