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Trumpet Tempest in a Teapot

August 21, 2011

OK, I need to come back and do a longer post on this, but I’m too excited not to jump right in and toss this clip into the mixup over trad versus modern swirling around Delmond’s character. Wait for Miles Davis’ trumpet solo to come in at 1:50 right behind John Coltrane’s acrobatics, and hang in there for Saints at about 2:50. Now that he’s dropped that broad hint roll back to 1:50 and while it tastes like vintage Miles from the first bar listen for the echoes of Pops, and by the end of this joyful solo tell me Kermit Ruffins didn’t wear the grooves off the vinyl on this solo when he was coming up.

All props to Donald Harrison but Miles was on the case in ’58.

PS–Hat tip to local musician and WWOZ DJ Jeff “Snake” Greenberg for turning me onto Milestones via a Facebook conversation. Here’s hoping he gets his moment in the show’s arc-lit sun for uncovering this bit of the trad v. modern Rosetta stone.

  1. David DeGeorge permalink
    August 21, 2011 7:47 pm

    The first solo is by Cannonball Adderley on alto, Coltrane on tenor comes after

  2. August 22, 2011 9:12 am

    My bad: thank you for the correction. God I miss liner notes.

  3. samjasper permalink
    August 23, 2011 10:17 am

    Okay, you know I’ll always give something a listen. And did so with this. Once again while I can absolutely respect the talent and remarkable ability of these men to use their talent, it still tends to hit me, as Albert Lambreaux would say, “Chinese shit.” Lord knows I’ve tried with so many modern jazz musicians, but so much of it just doesn’t “attach” to me. I don’t know how better to put it. It doesn’t reach my soul on any level. That said, I do see the links to Armstrong and get that they took one sound, morphed it into another and ran with it. But again, if I’m walking down the street it’s not Miles that will be playing in my head and some days I wish it were otherwise.

    Clearly a defect in my character.

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