Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Andre Ekyan

One of my favourite sax players, Andre Ekyan was a French saxophonist who recorded frequently with Django Reinhardt in the 1930s and 40s. Here he shows a fleet-fingered approach influenced by Benny Carter and Coleman Hawkins yet delivered with a feathery tone that reminds me of Pete Brown.

Another delight: Reinhardt demonstrates that he could play more rhythm by himself than most rhythm sections can en masse.

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