[Dixielandjazz] Doc Severinsen's 98%

Dan Ostler dan_ostler at hotmail.com
Sun Oct 16 08:00:29 PDT 2005


Doc Severinson said he made 98% of his money under high C...

But he sure had an amazing 2%.  He may not have had the absolute highest
range of all time, but he made his mark. On his "Rhapsody For Now" album, he
hits what has to be one of the prettiest extreme high notes of all time.
Jumps up on an Eb over double C on the very last note of an adaptation of
the old Carpenter's hit "A Song For You". Not at all screechy but rather,
very violin-like. In fact, if I had to pick one recording by Doc to
demonstrate his playing, that would probably be it. Goes from low, mellow
and melodic to the stratoshphere.


That just might be my all time favourite trumpet LP.
Pure magic in spots. It's a shame Doc didn't do more like that.
Of course, that means it will never be released on CD........

Dan Ostler




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