The Band Quit the Band
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You can learn a lot about a band from a song in which its members trade solos. You can isolate the soul of a group, as in the Jeff Parker-dominated Tortoise song "Speakeasy", or conclude, as from Rick Danko's verse in "The Weight", that the soul is more evenly distributed than you might have thought. Sometimes you can hear in such a song that a particular player is ready to move on, that he no longer belongs in the band. When the members of Roxy Music each take a turn in "Re-make/Re-model", Brian Eno produces a sublime solo of staccato static that might have led the band to quit the band had Eno not beaten them to it. In this live version of Miles's modal classic, John Coltrane plays a tenor saxophone solo from 5:05 to 10:45 that hints at his innovations to come - sheets of sound and melodic skronk, post-bop and beyond. It's a baroque, original thing that stands in stark contrast to the residue of cool on the rest of the band, but the incongruity is for the best - here is a great group at the height of its power giving birth to a fledgling genius hell-bent on distorting this new music into something yet newer, yet bolder. [Buy]Posted by Jordan at June 29, 2011 10:57 PM
Perhaps the greatest solo in Jazz, if only because you can hear Jazz change FOREVER! Definitely the greatest STG post, because you can hear Jazz change FOREVER!
-ForeverPosted by Moskos at June 30, 2011 10:15 AM
Brian Eno on Miles Davis http://www.moredarkthanshark.org/eno_int_wire-jan93.htmlPosted by radiocitizen at July 4, 2011 11:36 PM
I attended a masterclass given recently by the Sun Ra Arkestra. Marshall Allen (now their leader) described being at a John Gilmore (non-Arkestra) gig when, suddenly, John Coltrane came running up to the front of the stage yelling, "That's it! That's it!". Within a couple of weeks Coltrane started playing his "sheets of sound"...Allen also spoke about how John Coltrane had saxophone lessons from John Gilmore before he became a jazz giant in his own right.Posted by radiocitizen at July 4, 2011 11:41 PM
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