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    Post your favourites.
    Difficult to choose. I'm going with a safe one. Can't stop listening:
    Last edited by Tal_175; 05-17-2020 at 01:03 PM.

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    ive always felt this is perfect from start to end

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    Charlie Christian's solo on "Rose Room" still sounds perfect to me.


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    Ed Bickert "Tonight I Shall Sleep" on the "Third Floor Richard" album.

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    Could have posted anything by Hodges really


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    Well since the term 'beautiful' is used here I can't go with any guitar player because no guitar can sound as beautiful, to me, as a clarinet.

    Therefore I"m going with Artie Shaw and what I view as the most beautiful tune, Hoagy Carmichael's Stardust; Note that Tal Farlow gets a solo starting at 1:56.


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    Beautiful? Immediately made me think of this, all of it


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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77 View Post
    Could have posted anything by Hodges really
    Jeep's Blues! Jeep's Blues!

    Here is a lesser known tune, "Johnny's Blues" which I had not heard until Duke Robillard started teaching it on his site. Johnny had such a lovely tone.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tal_175 View Post
    Post your favourites.
    Difficult to choose. I'm going with a safe one. Can't stop listening:
    Wow does that take off—turbocharged!

    The entire history of jazz is in that one performance. GREAT comping on guitar of course...

    Apparently this was recorded when Parker was 21? Featuring Efferge Ware on guitar and Little Phil Phillips on drums.

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    Something different, and I like it: Nate Radley on guitar--


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    Yes, very difficult to choose, but here's my candidate - another 21 year old sax player. Solo starts at 1:23; arrangement ain't bad, either:

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    As for something different, here is a very beautiful solo by Dexter Gordon.


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    The Genius of Joe Zawinul

    Scott Henderson played with Joe Zawinul in the syndicate and said:

    Henderson was with Zawinul for about four years. A few months after Joe’s death, in response to a visitor’s question, Scott recalled some fun stories on his discussion forum:

    Playing with Joe was one of the highlights of my career. Just listening to him play every night was awesome. I don’t know if those stories about Mozart were true like in the movie, but I can definitely tell you that Zawinul did it. Everything he “composed” was an improvisation right on the spot. He was a musical genius to say the least. Plus he was an extremely funny guy with more confidence than anyone I’d ever met before.


    One time I was overdubbing in the studio for him and I played something I didn’t like – I told him I didn’t like it and asked to do it over. Joe said “if you didn’t like it, what the fuck did you play it for?” I don’t think he could even conceive of playing something and not totally digging it, because everything he played was a motherfucker.


    My favorite story about Joe is that he was always trying to get me to smoke pot and drink with him before the shows, and I told him, man, I can’t play on that shit. But after getting sick of him bothering me for months about it, I smoked a joint with him and got really wasted before a concert in Austria. I was having a great time until we hit the stage, and I fucked up every melody and couldn’t play shit on my solos. It was a disaster. Then after the gig, Joe comes up to me and yells “Henderson! How many fuckin’ times have I told you not to do that shit before a gig?” I have a million stories about my experiences working with Joe, most of them funny, and enough to fill a book.
    So many beautiful tunes, led to beautiful solos. I'm not even sure all of what was composed and what was a improvised on this one, but beautiful.


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    I can't say. I haven't heard anywhere close to all the solos ever played. Even deciding on the best I've ever heard would be hard.

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    how does john get that pad sound ?
    I need some of that !

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    Or this from Pat
    very beautiful ....


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    It would have been a Johnny Hodges solo from me, too. As you say, any - certainly, many - of them.

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    This will never get old to me. Never.



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    Here's two:






    Simple, sweet, profound. Good playing . . . Marinero

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    O.K. One more. It has been said that the tenor saxophone is an imitation of the human voice. Here's Gene Ammons, "The Jug," with his classic rendition of "Angel Eyes". If we want to communicate, our instruments must sing like a human voice. Good playing . . . Marinero



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    Good choices by all!
    Sonny Rollins' chorus on Sunny Side of the Street has always made me feel some type of way. Really the recording of this tune in general is definitely on my desert island list. I always feel like Rollins was a master story teller in his solos and they usually always seem perfectly crafted to me.

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    Define beautiful!

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    I don’t think this is a “most” beautiful solo—where Ben Webster comes in, breathily, in almost a whisper, after Art Tatum’s prestidigital virtuosity— but I find its notion of beauty admirable and deeply appealing: a wise voice telling you, in just so many notes, all you need to know about the spirit of jazz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1 View Post
    Define beautiful!
    How about no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irwin1993 View Post
    Good choices by all!
    Sonny Rollins' chorus on Sunny Side of the Street has always made me feel some type of way. Really the recording of this tune in general is definitely on my desert island list. I always feel like Rollins was a master story teller in his solos and they usually always seem perfectly crafted to me.
    Such a great record. On "Sunny Side" I prefer Stitt's solo---it is a marvel to me---but that whole album is joyful and inspiring. (That's my favorite version of "After Hours" too.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1 View Post
    Define beautiful!
    That would be silly and restrain the replies.

    Don't you understand that how someone responses IS the answer!

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    Oscar is amazing on this


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    There are a lot of beautiful flowers in the jazz garden. This is a performance that I have repeatedly found to be beautiful over many years of listening.


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    One man and a piano--a whole orchestra through his fingertips...



    Interestingly the song was written and recorded in 1942 by Fats Waller. One of the earliest covers of this song I could find was actually by Chet Atkins. Erroll Garner also does a fine version of this song.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jameslovestal View Post
    That would be silly and restrain the replies.

    Don't you understand that how someone responses IS the answer!
    Of course, but obviously what some others think of as beautiful is eluding me :-)

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    Sorry ....
    I just HAD to include this one

    oooooo yesss

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1 View Post
    Of course, but obviously what some others think of as beautiful is eluding me :-)
    Ah, I see that we do think alike. I just didn't want to say it out loud.