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Now I'd say that this guy is a giant. Take a look...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nrtqmn7cJu0

However, don't base your judgement of him only from this one clip. I happen to admire this clip and his numerous recordings. This one is good. He seems to like a lot of grace notes and its unaccompanied!
 

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Very nice playing. I'm into it! I like when such a virtuosic player can simplify and say something powerful with a tune like that. And it's remarkable when a solo sax player manages to stay in tune so well! :D
 

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It's nice to hear a waltz once in a while.
 

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Now that was NICE. Great sound, plays with soul & from the heart and he's not gyrating like a hyena in heat. :shock:
Richard Elliot couldn't hold his jock strap.

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They say one true test of a good musician is what he can do when he's by himself!
 

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martysax said:
Reminds me of the time I played Georgia for the Brookline Arts Council.

Too bad there wasn't a song for Brookline.

I can think of a few "choice" song titles for Brookline, but I digress.... :cool:
Marty, how long have you lived in Baaahsten? I lived there from '87-2000.

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What can you say.

Kirk Whalum

I have his CD, 'Songs in the Garden' is the title I think.

He plays tnr, alto and sop., all with a fabulous tone.
 

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Wailin' said:
They say one true test of a good musician is what he can do when he's by himself!
I can do a lot by myself. Does that make me a good musician, or a good masturbator? (note: rhetorical question, not in need of an answer.}

I agree about RE's ability to hold just about anybody's jockstrap. (see above)

A giant?...I'm not so sure...

(I just got Brecker's final recording today)
 

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There is absolutely no reason to cut down good sax players in order to make oneself look good!
 

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jgreiner said:
Marty, how long have you lived in Baaahsten? I lived there from '87-2000.John
I've lived within 20 miles of Bahsten for 45 years this July.

'87-2000, Boston was already pretty clean compared to the colorful 60s and 70s.
 

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I can do a lot by myself. Does that make me a good musician, or a good masterbator? (note: rhetorical question, not in need of an answer.}
I know a lot of musicians who get off by playing with themselves, on stage.
 

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martysax said:
I know a lot of musicians who get off by playing with themselves, on stage.

And the question is, Do you know anybody in a band?
 

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Carl H. said:
And the question is, Do you know anybody in a band?
Yes, but have you ever lost yourself while out front while the rhythm section is churning? I can go on for chorus after chorus, sometimes unaccompanied, and get transported into a different state of consciousness.
 

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What I don't like to see is some of the music elitism I see here and there. A person is not a better musician based on the style they play. True some styles are much harder then others but music isn't defined by what is hard to play. It's defined by the people who listen to it, not the people who play it. Do I think Brecker is a better sax player then Elliot and Whalum combined? Of course I do but that doesn't matter to music lovers, only musicians. Music lovers only care about what happens to there toes and their emotions when the music starts. Do the toes tap, does the emotion come through? If it does you are a killer musician period because making people happy with a hunk of brass and some bamboo slivers isn't really as easy as being a critic.

PLAY ON!!!
 

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What I was trying to say has nothing to do with whether or not Kirk Whalum is a good sax player or a great sax player.

With a great player, IMHO, you don't go to the 'brand name player' show. Rather, you go to hear 'brand name player A' playing with 'brand name player B', and the core of the music is their interaction.

What I'm saying is that it's more interesting to me how a player plays with others, not by himself, whether it's 'Giant Steps' or the 'Tennessee Waltz'.

I'm not interested in listening to anyone practice, including myself.

So, Wailin', I disagree with you. The true test of a musician is NOT what he can do by himself.
 

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I'd have to agree with hakukani that how you play with other players is more important then how you play by yourself. Music just like sports is mostly a team thing.
 
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