Friday, January 18, 2013

Six Notes

Surely these are not the only times anyone has ever played

on the tenor saxophone, but I was nonetheless immediately struck by the resemblance when I heard this Ben Solomon recording. Dig Solomon at 1:53 on "You Taught My Heart To Sing" and John Coltrane at 3:06 on "Venus" in the following videos:

Perhaps you could find many similar examples in Solomon's playing, but for some reason this one in particular really jumped out at me. Maybe it's something deeper than just the identical pitch content. Solomon is dealing with Coltrane's music on a profound level, evidently in a class by himself. 

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