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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by mhendricks, Mar 11, 2014.
Especially for the amount he used to drink
As any Rev-head will tell you "Good Lubrication is the basis of great High Performance"
Harry James has "that" sound that all Brassmen want to have on their horns. There were many that tried to mimic it, and many that still try to get that clearness to attack and runs. He was truly a master on the horn.
When I was a young'un I first heard Harry James play "This Guy's In Love" on a Reader's Digest record. I was not even playing trumpet at that time, but it was the song that made me stop and go find out who was the player. Of course that led me to listen to a lot more of him.
Never knock the Elevator music - it can influence music in people's lives.
Thanks Mr James for the Memories.
I read a recent bio and wished I had not because the best use of words should be something better than tossing mud on the author's subject.
Mud spots all of us. Somehow that salient fact is lost in modern biography. Same thing with a bio about Lenny.
For some imbibing the spirit will induce the tranquillity and lessen the tension that causes others to falter.
...and the number he used to . . .
The man was just fabulous. As a kid, I spent hours sitting on the floor in front of the record player listening to Harry's iconic recordings. A little later, listening to the soundtrack to "Young Man with a Horn", great solos and tunes with Doris Day. His sound was so distinctive.
IMO, he had some fine bands in the 60s and 70s which didn't get a lot of recognition. Some of the bands had great players in them, like lead altoist Willie Smith or Buddy Rich. His seventies band had a Basie vibe to it. The programming I've heard is fairly predictable, but still I think the band could've gotten more respect.
The Peter Levinson biography, "Trumpet Blues: The Life of Harry James" is a good read and, I understand, fairly accurate. His was an incredible story.
Here's a clip from his 60s band in Japan. Maybe a teeny bit ragged but, hey, it's a tour . . . of JAPAN! You don't expect them to spend all their time in their hotel rooms doing long tones, what?!
"Traps the Drum Wonder" on drums, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-Zvep7F-YA
I will stray Off Topic for a short time:
You have summed up the Aussie phsyc... we love tranquility, and hate tension.
We have XXXX for tranquilty, and VB for tension, just before we Swan off and Cascade down to have a Toohey's or Two after a Hard Day's Draught work. Occasionally we are known to Foster a liking to share both a Pure Blond and a Corona when the right mood strikes.
Here is my favourite tune of Mr. Harry James; it hooked me to his sound.
And check this out...
Harry James, Cotton Tail..wmv - YouTube
Yep. That's the above-mentioned Willie Smith on alto.
James had some wicked chops. Damn!
I've often wondered how amazing players like Harry, and even more so, Bunny, did it..........
Interesting to note, strict father and Arban...... Hmmmmm Sounds familiar,,,,,,,,,,,,,