I love making emphatic statements...must be getting older and don't care anymore. Or perhaps I care more than ever and just want to inspire spirited, positive discussion. Please note the second last word of the previous sentence before flamethrowers start getting warmed up. In fact, you can try flaming that subject header all you want...fact is nothing is better than Guido, only different. I'm quite certain that a legion of fans will come to my aid in case there are any annoying trolls out there. Could you believe that thread about Chris Martin? I hope that poster who claimed Chris had a 'puny' sound was joking just to get a reaction...which they did. If he/she was serious, then they are either young and inexperienced or old and inexperienced...either way, the common word remains.
This is not a contest and not intended to be a debate. Simply an affirmation that Guido Basso is very arguably the greatest thing to ever happen to jazz flugelhorn. His tone is legendary (three notes and you can peg him...just like Miles). His lines are filled with a grace and joy that harkens to a bygone era of class.
As a musician who travels extensively around the world, it is important that a new generation of players who did not grow up listening to the Boss Brass big band be aware of Guido in particular. Since his career is in Toronto, the sheer genius of his playing is not always known internationally. I mean, we can go through that entire band of legends and inspire even further conversation, but today feels like Guido day. Plus, I owe him. He played at my wedding 13 years ago and only charged me a bottle of scotch...it was actually no charge but I forced a Lagavulin 16 on him anyway!!!
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