[Dixielandjazz] Sop Sax Vibrato + Loud Music
lherault at bu.edu
Sat Jun 11 16:48:23 PDT 2005
I believe pronounced vibrato is a New Orleans thing. Maybe it is French
in origin? Listen to the vibrato French singers like Piaf used.
I don't see "loud" in what you quoted. I see passion, emotion, feeling,
and joie de vive. That "blast of super heated steam" is hot playing,
not necessarily loud playing. To paraphrase Jelly, you can't put more
into a glass if it is full. Oliver, I've been told wanted to be able to
hear the shuffling of dancers feet as they moved in front of the band.
From: dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com
[mailto:dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com] On Behalf Of Steve
I think Bechet chose Sop Sax because it is a "lead" instrument the way
played it. He could express himself, be the center of attention. <SNIP>
I play and love loud Dixieland, contrary to many on the list. Growing up
around the Condon Gang in NYC, I can't help it. Ask Jack Maheu about
days at Condon's. As he tells Dick Sudhalter in "Lost Chords": page 298.
"If you could only have heard it back then" clarinetist Jack Maheu said,
wonder edging in his voice. "You'd open the door to some little club
those guys-Eddie and some of his cronies -were playing. And that music
hit you like a fist, a blast of superheated steam. It was powerful. . .
mean lots of guys today play well. But back then there was something
in Pee Wee, Bud, Wild Bill, Teagarden, George Wettling."
"Take Wettling, for example. One of those breaks could just lift you off
your chair. They had a fire to them. The records? Yeah, some of them
it a bit, but you should have heard what it sounded like live. You
have believed your ears. It was the most emotionally powerful kind of
I've ever heard. But that's gone now."
Amen Jack, our mates on the list should have heard it live. LOUD,
and FAR BETTER THAN TODAY'S SISSIFIED PSEUDO ARTSY DIXIELAND played
the world for shrinking audiences of folks who also believed in "The
Emperor's New Clothes".
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