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In Reply to: RE: I have a female jazz player friend who thinks Krall just memorized her solos, posted by oldmkvi on March 15, 2017 at 21:38:48
Count Basie, for one, pretty much repeats the same riffs from album to album to album as do most Jazz musicians, but I still love their music.
Heck, Mozart, Beethoven and pretty much every composer one could name, especially Mahler, repeated the same phrases from pillar to piano.
I know what you mean though. There's a difference between variations on a theme and rote notes. Makes you wonder what first class musicians like Hamilton, Wilson, and Clayton really think of her.
He does the same renditions every time.
Saw him in concert, then saw him on TV. Same songs, same phrasing, even the exact same jokes.
That's why I've always considered him a pop singer and not a jazz singer.
but his solos are usually so good, it doesn't matter to me.
And I'm NOT saying it's true about either of them, just that I heard that it was...
As you probably know, Laws was a Juilliard student, studied with Julius Baker and subbed in the NY Philharmonic and Met Opera orchestras. So he had formal classical training to say the least, and his albums, at least the ones I know well, are sophisticated, complex, and highly produced, and therefore I suspect have little pure improvisation.
But he's a jazzer first and can improvise with anyone.
Yes, he's a fantastic player.
A friend who was also a Baker Student said "Julie" used to show him off at Flute-Parties at Bakers home.
And there are PLENTY of fine Flutists that studied with him!
I only have "Little Sunflower" w/Milt Jackson these days, Hubert's solos are great and complex,
it's fun to hear something so close to the edge of what one can actually DO with a Flute.
And he tongues like a Mother!
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