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November 06, 2011


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"Men like Evans and Mulligan seem to have understood that the principal objective of the arranger should be to respect the personality of each performer while at the same time giving the group a feeling of unity."
This sounds a lot like a description of Ellington.
If memory serves, Hodeir's reputation as a critic was established largely by an article in Downbeat in which he claimed that Sonny Rollins invented "thematic improvisation" (a technique as old as jazz.)
Sonny once told an interviewer that after reading Hodeir's analysis, he quit reading anything written about himself.
Nevertheless, the clip of Hodeir's music is intriguing in what Marc sometimes calls a "euro-centric" way.


Anyone dubious about Zenph's technology should check out the before and after clips of Rachmaninoff on their site. However, with so many lo-fi historical recordings deserving of rescue, you have to wonder why they are instead doing Oscar Peterson.

Bruno Leicht

The oddball cover would be perfect in shrink wrap ;)


I'm waiting for my Oscar Peterson Zenph recording to arrive, but apparently all of the tracks are repeated on the CD in binaural. Very interesting technology.

Though I'm not so sure it'll work all that well with Bill Evans, either! Too many nuances...

Bill Kirchner

That famous article on Sonny Rollins and thematic improvisation was written by Gunther Schuller for "The Jazz Review."

Dennis Bukantis

You have to love the big band stories here on Jazz Wax...Hafer with Woody was enligtening and amusing! The book -Woody Herman - Chronicles of the Herds - is a whole series of interviews and comments from various herdsmen and Woody over the years. Highly recommended.

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