I edited the video from this long YouTube video including a fascinating film documenting Byas's visit to the US.I am beside myself; been looking for that clip for years. Love Byas. Thanks -
That was great. I listened to the whole thing while I was putting dinner together. Thanks for posting it. I've been a Goodman fan since forever. I started on clarinet in fifth grade and Goodman was the gold standard. It's fun to watch him interacting with these guys who he's not played with as a group before and to see how well they played together with little or no rehersal. Amazing stuff. Not to mention how there was a hint of racial tension amongst those men, given it was 1970 and there was still a lot of racial strife going on in the US of A.I edited the video from this long YouTube video including a fascinating film documenting Byas's visit to the US.
The video starts with another nice film of a Benny Goodman small group with Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Hank Jones, Milt Hinton etc...
Byas played a Dolnet tenor at that time and 'the thing' is a serpent/snake that he had welded on his octave mechanism (it has been discussed before on SOTW).But what is that thing on his octave key? Whatever it is, I've got to have one because he's definitely getting the Dexter sound out that Selmer!
Wait...its not a Selmer. Dolnet?
I think he used a Berg 120 at that time.Yeah, I was surprised by the Conn-style depth in the middle register - an interesting mouthpiece too - I think one like it was discussed recently but I don't remember what it was. Tell you what, I wouldn't want to have a damn snake looking me in the eye all night long! There used to be Don Byas music books for sale in the music stores - he was a very well-known player and I see why.
I am impressed; how can you tell the opening by seeing it on film?You can see on the video that its probably a .095 or .100, and if its a Berg, its one of the very early ones - I'm certainly not a Berg Specialist although I did play an incredible 130/0/M for a few years in the early '60s. This one has a longer beak and a very short shank - I really don't think its a Berg at all.