What a terrific big SOUND that Harry James had

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  1. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

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    Listen to THIS Harry and Brazilian Sleigh Bells!

    Unfortunately it stops after the first chorus, the bridge is unbelievable.

     
  2. Richard Oliver

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    Chuck, that's fantastic! Never heard it before.
     
  3. Solar Bell

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    You should hear the whole thing!
     
  4. johnande

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    Not that you young guys have missed anything, but it was nice to grow up at a time when Harry James was a name known by every music lover -- and his 78 rpm records were played by almost every radio station. I never got to see him in person but had every record he ever made (maybe Ed Lee remembers those days also). The most interesting point, however, is that his recordings are still with us and appreciated as much now as ever, if not more. And they don't make drummers like Gene Krupa (sp?), who played with him frequently, any more.... With all due respect to the other great musicians of that time...
     
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    Pffft.....I could do that, just give me his trumpet and mouthpiece...


    :lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
  7. Richard Oliver

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  8. gzent

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    It's a matter of taste.

    I don't know the technical term for it, but I used to strive for that same sound,
    obtained by making my oral cavity as big as possible.
    Danny Davis used this same "sound".

    I quickly abandoned that sound as "kitschy" after I bought my first Canadian Brass album.
    Mills and Romm exhibited the sound quality I admired and strove for.

    Then a few years later I heard Jens Lindemann in person play "Make Our Garden Grow" and I was captivated by
    his ability to play so sweetly and powerfully within the twist of a phrase. The guy is simply amazing.

    Harry James was a great trumpet player, but his sound is not something I hear as terrific.
     
  9. robrtx

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    Styles and tastes change over time but I think Harry's was the definitive trumpet sound style of the 30's, 40's big band swing era.......
     

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