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Hi, I had a gig at a very dark club the other night. It's my 10 year old quartet with the great guitarist Mike Outram. (Apparently there's a pdf going around the web of all Mike's solos from the last set of videos)

I tried filming it but it was very dark. I was checking out a new mouthpiece too-a Meyer 6 (There goes the comfort zone).
Here's the link for 'Star Eyes'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCUo9oAkpeo

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sounds great man ... you listen to any miguel zenon by any chance? i hear a lot of phil in your playing too :) sounds really good man ... i dig it a lot!
 

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Cheers Andrew, I like Miguel Zenon but haven't listened to that much (but I did play with Patrick Cornelius last December here in London-a beautiful player).

I love Phil Woods & Dick Oatts and all the usual suspects. I find Dick Oatts to be really underrated. His stuff with Red Rodney is perfect modern bop playing to me. I've never seen why he isn't absolutely hailed as a player. I always felt that Chris Potter essentially copied Dick Oatts when he took over in Red's band

I know you were taught my Marty Nau, I know him and he's a great player too.

Dig your smooth Jazz video too man.

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Jamie O'D:)
 

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Superb stuff all round. Challenging, interesting, and melodic..... all the things jazz should be..

As a half ok guitarist myself, it is good to see the alto and guitar together, a fairly rare combination that works well.

Thanks for posting this, it is a shame I could not get down there myself.

Oh, and BTW it wasn't cherokee you suggested I played through all 12 keys, it was Donna Lee and Ornithology.... thank God for that, you could have chosen something hard......

I can play Donna Lee in all twelve keys now, unfortunately all in the same rendition.
 

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Hey Jamie. Can you reccomend any dick oatts cd's? Which ones with red rodney are the best? Also what about any of his own recordings? also have you heard much Andy Fusco?
 

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Hi, Dick plays great on all the Red Rodney albums. 'One for Bird' is really full on as it's a live gig featuring Bird tunes. That's the one I liked transcribing. The other two I like are 'No turn on Red' and 'Red Snapper' (Dick starts 'No Turn' with a lovely alto break).

The albums with Garry Dial are worth listening to-maybe they're a bit overwritten (with strings/brass etc) but I'm kind of fond of them as I've had them for years. Dick plays gorgeously on 'Everything I Love' from the 'Tribute to Cole Porter' album.

Have you checked out 'The Lost Art' album with Mel Lewis? That's a great one for modern tunes by Dick and Jim McNeely etc (Gary Smulyan and McNeely burn on it).

Of Dick's own albums, I like 'Simone's Dance' the most, followed by the 'Standard issue' Vol 1 & 2. (Those have the heaviest modern alto playing I can think of though). 'Simone's Dance' has a great, warm feeling about it and his tunes are sweet.

Andy Fusco is a great player, I have him on some Danny D'Imperio Sextet albums. I must get more by him-good time, good lines, nice tone, imaginative-can't knock it.
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Hey Jamie, you mentioned Andy Fusco. That dude can really play. There are a lot videos on Youtube that he is on with Buddy Rich. I saw him back in the 80's with Buddy and he had the whole book memorized. He stared up in the air. And his solos were great!!! Also, check Sinatra and the Concert of the Americas. It's the Buddy band backing him up and Andy is playing lead and his sound has a real 'neon' sound and feel to it that I really like.

Marty
 
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