Monday, November 1, 2010

Sidney Bechet plays the melody

Sidney Bechet had an intensity in his playing that is only hinted at by his imitators.

I used to find him abrasive on the soprano, always longing for him to switch to clarinet. I don't know what happened, but now I appreciate his playing on both instruments equally. Perhaps our musical tastes mature just as our tastes for food? I couldn't stand olives as a kid, now I adore them.

I believe that one of the most challenging things in music is to play a melody well. Here is a lesson in just that:

Now watch it again to see those naughty sax players joking around while the master plays!

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