No, No, Mark. Not a Berg! After playing an RPC? <shakes head in disbelief>Mark R said:Thanks for that Saxophonus Bb. That was a fine bucket of funky, in da' pocket playing by Sonny. It is rare that I've heard him play with a different rhythm section than his own. After hearing Sonny lay that down it has me thinking I need to maybe look for another Berg mouthpiece :?
I hear you, RTT. I don't really love what's on this clip, though I like it fine: it's not the best of Sonny "then" or now. BUT: I take into account that it's TV. A lot of what he's doing is grandstanding there: and he's entitled. I'm not criticizing it, because I think he's reading the situation and doing just the right thing for the occasion. He's moving, he's swinging his axe, he's pleasing the crowd. Like just about everyone else who visits this forum, I've seen Sonny perform a good many times, and he's a past master at reading the crowd; he'll go one way at an auditorium full of college kids, and another in a big concert hall performing for the tuxes. Sonny has done a huge amount for us over the years, and he's got a lot more music in him. This is just fine, but it's not Sonny blowing the back wall out of the universe: he's in people's living rooms, giving them what they want: a great show. And once in awhile, he throws in an impossible riff, just for the musicians, to show what he can REALLY do.RootyTootoot said:I am going to say something just a little sacriligeous now. I've seen that clip a couple of times and of course it's great and of course i've got most of the albums and they're all "great" by any standards. And of course i don't go for the crap dullards' opinion that somehow Sonny "sold out" somewhere in the 70's. But can you really say that the music at this point (in the clip) is as electrifying as Sax Colossus/Tour de Force, the Bridge etc? And I do understand that he had to move on and try new stuff and I applaud that, in fact. But are we not selling ourselves short if we don't admit that Sonny could yet rise again to new heights and to make music that will pin our ears back so completely that we'll realise that there is even more to be said? Maybe it's not over. This is my point. Sorry if that all sounds a little melodramatic but i do feel passionately about the music and Sonny is one of the very greatest of the great. I'd appreciate feedback here, even if deeply opposed.