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...with the RH Factor at the North Sea Jazz Fest. PLEEZ check it out soon in case it gets taken down! Completely killer! Keith has the most unbelievable sound on every horn he picks up, you wouldn't believe it live even after hearing a recording.

Here it be.... enjoy.
 

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Cat among the pigeons time..

While its hard not to admire the guy's stamina I really can't see what's so special about his playing. OK live it probably gets the crowd worked up the first time they hear it but after a while all that honking and wailing just gets tedious. And I think his tone is boring as well.

Before any one says it - no I can't play as well as him but I can play well enough to have an opinion on his playing. So there.
 

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While its hard not to admire the guy's stamina I really can't see what's so special about his playing. OK live it probably gets the crowd worked up the first time they hear it but after a while all that honking and wailing just gets tedious. And I think his tone is boring as well.
Doc.....different strokes, different folks. The thing that impresses me is I've known Keith mainly for his alto playing. He started playing with Les McCann when he was straight out of high school....and he also plays on Al Jarreau's latest CD. So sorry his playing doesn't do it for you....major jazz stars seem to dig it though.
 

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Indeed, different strokes. Great show in the '80s, by the way.

Of course, nobody has to like Keith's playing. I happen to, and I'm sure others do too. I don't think he considers himself a straight-ahead/bop player by any means (he certainly doesn't sound like it), but at the hard, Dallas soul/groove bag he's got some HEAVY s*** going on. Not to mention, he's a really nice guy. I've found a lot of the really great players are... must tell you something.

And his own group, "Full of Soul," is really great too, it's essentially the RH Factor with some personnel changes (ie, without Roy). It's got Bernard Wright and Bobby Sparks on keys, JT Thomas on drums, Todd Parsnow on guitar [all from RH] and sometimes Phil Lasiter on trumpet or vocals.

If you've never heard Bernard Wright and Bobby Sparks go at it-- live or on recording-- you're missing out on some of the heaviest music being made by organisms on earth right now. Seriously. It might melt your face off.
 

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I didn't know Marcus Miller played a mean bass clarinet. He sounds pretty good.
I know, I've never seen bass clarinet rocked like that. Didn't know it could be done.
 

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Bfahle, thanks for that clip, it's some seriously funky junky. Keith sounds wicked in that clip... and if I'm not mistaken, mouthpiece freaks, I believe he's playing a stock Keilwerth piece and getting THAT sound out of it! Candy's great at what she does, too.
 

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Bfahle, thanks for that clip, it's some seriously funky junky. Keith sounds wicked in that clip... and if I'm not mistaken, mouthpiece freaks, I believe he's playing a stock Keilwerth piece and getting THAT sound out of it! Candy's great at what she does, too.
Have you heard this one before?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6naX1Y8pG4

I read on the cannonball website he uses the stock mpc :shock: is that still true?
 

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Have you heard this one before?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6naX1Y8pG4

I read on the cannonball website he uses the stock mpc :shock: is that still true?
Great clip, thanks! Last time I saw Keith play he was using a stock Keilwerth mouthpiece on tenor, I don't know what he was playing on alto but I think it was some kind of stock piece, too. Doesn't seem to hold him back in the slightest.... good lesson for all of us.

By the way, check out the fuuuuuuunky bass lines Bobby Sparks is holding down on the Moog while Marcus plays the melody on that take of "Higher Ground." Bobby's on tour with Tower of Power right now, I think, and he's a bad bad keyboard player.
 
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