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 Signature Sounds
Author: Brian P. Butler 
Date:   2015-04-04 19:31

Hello all!
Inevitably in show work, you will come across a phrase/solo/etc. with the words "ala [some sax player you've never heard of]". These times can be daunting if you don't have the time/resources available to really research who it is you should be emulating, and a MD who is seeking a particular sound. With that in mind, I'm hoping that we can keep a dialogue going of this people who we come across. For example, I once saw "ala Marshall Royal". Marshall Royal was the lead alto for Count Basie from 1951-1970. Based on the phrase, which was kind of bluesy, I took it to mean play with a fast, wide vibrato, which was a signature of Royal's sound. Have a listen to the track "Lonely Street" from Basie Straight Ahead to hear what I mean.

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 Re: Signature Sounds
Author: Jaysne 
Date:   2015-04-19 01:09

Daunting? Seems to me that these days it would be pretty easy to research and then emulate any particular player.

Anyone who has access to the Internet can do it in less than a minute. Google that player, listen to a few clips and that should be all you need to know.

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 Re: Signature Sounds
Author: Brian P. Butler 
Date:   2015-04-23 03:09

I agree that the task is not daunting if you have the time to do the research. The goal is to compile a listing - right here in one place - where we can quickly visit to get those answers when you don't have time. So when in rehearsal, the conductor says to you "play it like Johnny Hodges", or the music says "ala Frank Weiss", if you don't know who that is or how that sounds, there's a place were the info already exists. In today's tech-centric world, you can pull up this forum on your phone an easily access the info. Surely, you will then be compelled to go and listen to first hand examples, but seeing someone's idea of what to do will get you through that exact moment.

Butler Musical Services
Performance. Education. Dedication.

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