Re: [RedHotJazz] Re: Clarinet lead -
- Thanks again John,
And I'll listen again!
What I mean by the term clarinet lead is most clear in Miller's
"Moonlight Serenade" - where the clarinet plays the melody and the
rest of the saxes play the harmony.
A great example by Ellington - but arranged by Strayhorn - is "Royal
Garden Blues" Jimmy Hamilton plays the lead here. RCA 1946.
Andrew Homzy, Montréal
On 25-Jun-08, at 7:09 PM, John O wrote:
> Hi Andrew,
> You're welcome... I think perhaps you're right; next time, I'll have
> coffee first. In smaller bands, might there be some gray areas
> between "lead" and "solo" playing?
> Blue Mood (B-12332-A, -B, -C): strange record, Bigard's opening solo
> embellishes the melody greatly before it's even stated. It sounds
> like he's backed by muted brass and (faintly) one reed.
> Sophisticated Lady (265050-1, -2): I'm not quite convinced that it's
> not a clarinet lead/solo at approximately 1:00, backed by muted brass
> and one or two reeds (the second very faint, if it's there at all).
> Sophisticated Lady (5-16-33) (B-13338-A): at approximately :53, it's
> a soprano, backed by brass, no other reeds(?).
> --- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, Andrew Homzy <homzy@...> wrote:
> > Hi John,
> > Thanks for your reply.
> > Bigard plays a solo in "Blue Mood" - but he doesn't lead the saxes.
> > In "Sophisticated Lady", Hodges leads the section on soprano sax
> in a
> > wonderful passage in the middle of the recording.
> > Cheers,
> > Andrew Homzy, Montréal
> > On 23-Jun-08, at 5:30 PM, John O wrote:
> > > --- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, Andrew Homzy <homzy@> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > - As seen on the 78 & Ellington lists -
> > > >
> > > > I'm interested in the first documentation of arrangers/composers
> > > > using clarinet to lead the sax section.
> > > >
> > >
> > > If by "sax section" we mean two or more... I hear Bigard play
> > > clarinet lead to the other reeds on Blue Mood (9-19-32) and
> > > Sophisticated Lady (2-15-33). I'd guess there are other early
> > > examples of this by Ellington, and probably Henderson and others.
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