[Dixielandjazz] trumpet player's education

Bill Biffle bbiffle at swcp.com
Thu Nov 13 21:59:30 PST 2003

One of the wonders of life is that advice can be had - for free - in this
forum from such talented and experienced players as Bob Ringwald and Jim
Beebe.   Thanks to you both!

Bob, a very good player told me once that, while improvising, one should try
to "express a thought.  Complete it if you can.  Then give your audience
time to reflect on it." Excellent advice, it seems to me, on how to play
fewer notes that mean more.  (with my technical skills - or lack thereof -
this is especially welcome help!  :-)})

For the record, of the players I mentioned - leaving Armstrong aside cuz
he's in a class by himself - Ruby Braff is my current favorite.  One of the
most musical players I know.

I remember Bobby Hackett from the Gleason recordings in the 50s.  I loved
them in high school and found them invaluable when impressing a girl with my
sophistication!  I'm looking forward to hearing him play more jazz.  Come
on, UPS!

Thanks, again, for all the wonderful help.

Bill Biffle, Leader & Trumpet
The Duke City Jazz Band
Albuquerque, NM USA

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert S. Ringwald" <ringwald at calweb.com>
To: "DJML" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2003 9:20 PM
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] trumpet player's education

> Bill Biffle bbiffle at swcp.com
> Wrote:
> > Consensus is to listen to more Bobby Hackett.  I've ordered some CDs
> now from Worlds Records.
> (Snip)
> Hackett was a wonderful player, a one of a kind.
> When listening to him, notice that he plays a lot of notes.  Most tpt
> players who do this end up playing garbage--Better to leave holes like
> Louis.
> However, Hackett had such a command of chords & chord patterns & had such
> exquisite taste, that he can pull it off, & pull it off beautifully.
> In your playing, don't try to fill up all the spaces.  Sometimes the notes
> you don't play are just as important s the ones you do.  This is
> true when playing in an ensemble situation such as a Dixieland front line.
> Too many tpt players don't leave any space for the tbn & cl to play.
> Just my opinion.
> --Bob
> mr.wonderful at ringwald.com
> Placerville, CA  USA
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