TED BROWN AT 89: SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL

Through the kindness of pianist Michael Kanan, I’ve been introduced to the music of people I might not otherwise have met.  One of them is the soft-spoken and gently lyrical tenor saxophonist Ted Brown.

ted-party

And because of the inventive and much younger saxophonist Brad Linde, there have been celebrations of Ted’s birth: I’ve been at number 85, 88, and the most recent one, Ted’s 89th, on December 3, 2016.  The celebrants pictured above are Brad and Ted, Aaron Quinn, guitar; Frank Canino, string bass; Jeff Brown, drums. Other musicians in the house were Stephanie Greig, Nick Lyons, Jon De Lucia, Caroline Davis, and Elijah Shiffer — as well as some whom I haven’t met yet.

There was cake (also courtesy of Brad).

ted-cake

But more importantly, there was music.  Cake is eaten; music lasts.  And the approving shade of Lester Young was in the room.

LESTER LEAPS IN:

POUND CAKE:

YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO / FEATHER BED:

YARDBIRD SUITE:

Bless Ted Brown and his friends for making such beauty so generously available.

May your happiness increase!

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One response to “TED BROWN AT 89: SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL

  1. Nice observation on listening to the old jazz masters. I got interested in jazz by a 78 collector who learned to play cornet along with the records and hence a band was born. At times it is hard to re instill the enthusiasm I once had and our band never reached the level of excellence these old masters had. We now play for gifted Eastman School of Music students to demonstrate the early style and they often sit in with us, but their interpretations quickly become over burdened with higher order harmonics and rhythmic patterns that detract from the simpler beauty of just laying down the chords and a straight four or two-beat pattern. All we can do is try to get them to listen and appreciate and these recordings can halp out. Thanks again.

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