Mikel Dupac / Lawler C7-3R-1A + Prana B6S1R
Olds Super Bb 1962 / Carol Brass Dizzy pocket
Conn New Wonder cornet 1917 / Many others...
Music is the healing force of the Universe! A. Ayler
I like those New Orleans funerals.
Having spent my early years in New Orleans, I've always wanted to play in one of those bands. But it must take a very special sort of musician to be able to play for some of those funerals. Can you imagine trying to play 'Fess's funeral and trying to keep an eye dry enough to see where you were going?
Vintage Olds and Reynolds and Selmers, yes sir, yes sir, two gazoos full.
Aubertins, Bessons, Calicchios, Courtois, Wild Things, Marcinkiewicz, Ogilbee Thumpet, DeNicola Puje, Kanstuls, etc.
Did it just once with a white hat bunch at funeral of my USAF crew chief. Only white among all those blacks. First, I've never been keen on jazz and with a borrowed cornet my playing was a disaster. Still have the white hat someone plunked on my head, a former Navy enlisted hat, with the placard, "Bayou". I tried to slip away and got prodded by #3 in my flight, a non-player. Try to hold instrument with left thumb, and scritch scratchy music between 1st and 2nd fingers in wind (no lyre) and you might understand my dilemma. Maybe I wasn't the worst player ... I could only wish.
At graveside, it wasn't the way I play "TAPS", or how they play it at ANC, but I wish I had the music for that rendition as it really wailed (cried in remorse).
Too, I didn't ask what I was eating that night. It tasted terrific, but I had indigestion on the flight all the way home before I could get and take any Alka-Selzer.
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