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December 16, 2009


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Ed Leimbacher

Pardon the interruption, but your second sentence stopped me in my tracks...
"Chameleon" to my ear sounds too insubstantial for the solid and stolid Hawk. Maybe "Protean"? "Multitudinous"? Well, some word implying bulky, full of substance, but able to adapt or change, to challenge himself in new settings, and usually conquer them too--all the strengths of jazz giant Hawkins that you proceed to discuss. (Okay, thanks. We return you now to your regularly scheduled Wax.)

O'Sullivan, "Red"

Tiny Grimes used to say that he was "the low man on the Tatum pole" - gotta love him for that too.
How does Musa Kaleem's flute sound, in your own opinion, and given you dig flute as much as you do?

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