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Original Message                 Date: 31-Mar-02  @  02:32 PM   -   so who plays proper instruments?

bedwyr

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hehe! "proper"

anyway, i've played sax in various bands for the last ten years, how about you lot then?




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Message 80/87             17-Dec-05  @  12:55 PM   -   RE: so who plays proper instruments?

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Or I would walk off stage with my straight soprano sax, do some hammering and banging around on an old pizza tin unseen in the wings, squawking and squeeking on the horn a bit, then walk back out with a little curved soprano sax (shaped like a tiny alto), having seemingly hammered the straight one into a curve to match the other saxes in the ensemble.


heh heh heh... i'd love to see that!!... I bet the kids love it !

heh, that is one monster sax tho - I had a look round for that Big-band CD but I cant find the damned theing! rats, it must bhe buried under some crap somewhere in the house.

You dont hear much Bari in music unless you listen to Jazz, but one of my favourite cuts of all time is a Taj Mahal Live album track featuring a solo by Howard Johnstone. Great album, Live at Filmore East... he uses plenty brass but with some unusual additions:

Howard Johnson (baritone saxophone, flugelhorn, tuba); Bob Stewart (trumpet, flugelhorn, tuba); Joseph Daley (valve trombone, tuba); Earle McIntyre (bass trombone, tuba) - the sound of those big horns working as a section is phenomenal!

in fact, I have a realaudio version of it online:

Ain't Gwine To Whistle Dixie (Any Mo')

Howard Johnstone does an awesome Baritone solo starting at 2:30 - great stuff, the final part of the solo is done entirely with harmonics!

heh, I grew up with that album and some others & used to play all his stuff on acoustic as a kid, so Taj was a hero for me as a kid. Finally got to meet the bro back in the 90's... he was so small, I couldnt beleive it. You expect him to be massive by his voice  

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I had an idea for a script once. It's basically Jaws except when the guys in the boat are going after Jaws, they look around and there's an even bigger Jaws. The guys have to team up with Jaws to get Bigger Jaws. I call it... Big Jaws!



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Message 81/87             17-Dec-05  @  01:04 PM   -   RE: so who plays proper instruments?

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in fact, just to ramble on further about 'sax'... another family story.. when my other Uncle was killed, he was also a big jazz fan, and at the funeral when the service was over and the coffin does that final 'sliding off stage-right' bit, the music we chose as appropriate for him was some really abstract Sonny Rollins piece... so the old coffin is sliding offstage, it's all sombre, and there's this totaly mental abstract Rollins stuff blasting out of the church speakers, lol... you should have seen the vicars face man, lol.. he looked a bit puzzled to say the least  

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I had an idea for a script once. It's basically Jaws except when the guys in the boat are going after Jaws, they look around and there's an even bigger Jaws. The guys have to team up with Jaws to get Bigger Jaws. I call it... Big Jaws!



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Message 82/87             17-Dec-05  @  01:11 PM   -   RE: so who plays proper instruments?

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taj clip

thats a clip from amazon from the same album, more tuba/fluglehorn section in action

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I had an idea for a script once. It's basically Jaws except when the guys in the boat are going after Jaws, they look around and there's an even bigger Jaws. The guys have to team up with Jaws to get Bigger Jaws. I call it... Big Jaws!



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Message 83/87             17-Dec-05  @  11:26 PM   -   RE: so who plays proper instruments?

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Here is how to position mics for seated players. Move them a little farther down for big band micing so that when the saxophonist stands for solos he can position the bell of his sax 6"-12" from the mic.

Note the colored windscreens, colored tape bands on the mics, and the connectors. It is east to see the color, follow that back to the mixer. At the time I purchases all these cables I could only get black (and later a red cable). Now cables in colors are easy to get. I like colored cables for not only visual ID of what goes where, but it keeps them from being tripping hazard on dark stages. It is bad enough for a mic to fall, but a musician with a $5000 instrument falling on other instruments... well, the gig is over right there.

For trumpet and trombone, don't use a boom. With their music stand between the brass player and the mic, it gets a little more needed distance.

In this picture, on the far right, you can see my straight and curved sopranos, which are often featured in the above mentioned sight gag.



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Message 84/87             18-Dec-05  @  02:33 AM   -   RE: so who plays proper instruments?

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what mics?



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Message 85/87             18-Dec-05  @  03:31 AM   -   RE: so who plays proper instruments?

saxraxus

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Shure 58s's.



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Message 86/87             15-Apr-07  @  12:11 AM   -   RE: so who plays proper instruments?

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I have played Drums for over 40 years! & loved every minute of it! The most fun you can have with your clothes on!
Dave H.



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Message 87/87             15-Apr-07  @  09:49 AM   -   RE: so who plays proper instruments?

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yes,....and all that free parking in disabled zones!

know any bassists free btw in London?

so um, are you gonna add some audio to the site of you playing then?

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I had an idea for a script once. It's basically Jaws except when the guys in the boat are going after Jaws, they look around and there's an even bigger Jaws. The guys have to team up with Jaws to get Bigger Jaws. I call it... Big Jaws!



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