Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Bird and Diz!
More Jazz Trombone
Here is yet another great performance by Frank Rosolino playing jazz trombone to the utmost. Frank introduces this tune as being by "Monk, who writes with the 'funk' and that's no 'bunk'. . ." :)
Frank Rosolino VI
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This is truly the guy you need to listen to if you are going to try and survive as a bebop trombone jazz player. You would also do well to listen to JJ Johnson, Kai Winding, Carl Fontana, Curtis Fuller, and really a host of other worthy bone players. But perhaps the important thing about Frank is that we have a lot of high quality and it is available to be heard. Don't be misled by false notions of "West Coast Jazz" vs. "East Coast Jazz". . .the terms really are pretty well abused. Rosolino is pure bebop and would have fit right in with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie or Fats Navarro. These terms like mentioned above are for pedestrians and music critics. . .or basically non-performers.
I got a couple of chances to ask guys of Frank's stature about how to do this. . it is basically this simple: "I play by EAR". And when you hear bebop then you do bebop. It is the hearing part that takes some real work. . .
Friday, November 24, 2006
I'm unsure if this will work but this is supposed to be Frank Rosolino:
We shall see. . .won't we?
Or maybe you will see one of the greatest to ever blow jazz on this awkward instrument, the trombone. Frank was probably "certifiable" in a lot of different senses of the word, I'd tend to remember him as certifiably the greatest bebop trombone player (I even have to shift the very, very fine JJ and Kai down to just beneath this guy. . .he's that important to me in the world of bop).
Anyway stay tuned.