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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).


Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Monday October 21



Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see centre column).

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).



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Monday, April 06, 2009

Unsung Heroes

In an earlier post I pointed out that Bud Shank played flute on "California Dreaming" by the Mamas and the Papas. This led me to ponder upon other Pop/Jazz combinations.
Phil Woods, I know, blew the great alto solo on Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are" and Ronnie Scott did the tenor work on The Beatles' "Lady Madonna". Harry Edison stamped his identity on stuff by Ella and Frank and Eddie Lang played guitar on a lot of Bing Crosby sides; any other unsung, more recent, heroes?


Roly said...

Nearly but not quite!
Buddy Holly recorded 'True Love Ways' with a very nice tenor solo. I always wondered if it might have been Getz. Just looked on Google and it was either Boomie Richman or Sam Taylor - both top session men. Al Caiola on gtr too.
You can hear the song on YouTube.

Roly said...

Barney Kessell played on many pop recordings apparently - The Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Monkees etc. He was one of the famous 'Wrecking Crew' - a team of session guys on call for studio 'pop' session work.
See -
George Barnes did a lot of that in his day too.


Lance said...

...And who could forget Barney's intro to Julie's "Cry Me A River"?
Then again, Bert Weedon did his fair share of anonymous backing in this country - do we class Bert as a jazzman?

shepherdlass said...

I elieve the late great Dick Morrissey played the baritone sax solo on Lou reed's "Walk On The Wild Side"

regards from Dave The Rave

russell said...

Hi Lance

Geordie hero Sting employed the talents of Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland and others on at least one album and I remember seeing them with Mr.Sumner at Newcastle City Hall.

In the world of the Silver Screen I'm sure Plas Johnson played the well known sax part on the theme tune to Blake Edwards' film '' The Pink Panther '' .


Lance said...

Thanks for that info on Lou Reed's "Take A Walk On The Wild Side", Dave.
Incidentally, I'd love to have your choices for our "Discs To Die For". 5 Discs, 1 per artist, avoid duplication. Previous choices at top of right hand column on front page. "Kind of Blue" is banned!

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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