I only saw Ed play once, but it was great. Moe Kaufman on alto, Dizzy on trumpet, Don Thompson on bass, Jerry Fuller on drums. Ed was playing his Tele Thin line with two humbuckers, what a beautiful sound, improvising counterpoint that would make Bach sit up and take notice.
Of course those records with Desmond are priceless (I'm listening to them as I type). The man was a great musician!
So sad to hear. Ed was playing at the very first club date I ever went to, underage at probably 14 or 15 years old. He was playing with Moe Koffman's quintet at the long-gone George's Spaghetti House in Toronto, and I still remember how completely chill he was while everyone else was swingin' hard around him, sitting there with one leg crossed over the other, eyes closed, cigarette perched between two tuning pegs. I have loved every single thing I've ever heard him play, from the Desmond albums to his work with the Boss Brass. One of my favourites is a quirky little duet album he recorded with Rob McConnell called "Mutual Street" - check out their version of Royal Garden Blues from that recording:
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