Interview: Creed Taylor (Part 9) - JazzWax

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July 18, 2008


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Michael Steinman

This is a fascinating study -- Taylor was there! -- and he is very articulate as well. But I'd like to add a piece of trivia: musicians call those long-held notes "footballs" also because they are notated on the page as strings of whole notes -- one ovoid after another on the page. I found this out when I asked someone on a session and he said, with a "Pity the poor blind" look, "Well, that's what they look like!" Keep up the noble word!

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