Interview: Clark Terry (Part 2) - JazzWax

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October 05, 2010


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Richard Salvucci

He is the world's greatest living trumpet player. Period. Even if his solo on Donna Lee ("Bus Seat") isn't his finest, it's a damn clinic in doodle tonguing. I think I've listed to it a million times. Dadool. Daedool. Deedool. Dohdool. Doodle. LOL. Now, at tempo. While I think (no, I'm not sure) he got some licks from Clifford Brown, he's an original voice. One note and you know it's Clark. That doesn't happen anymore. There are a lot of contemporary players I dig, but I'm always asking myself if it's x or y or z. Great players, but nothing distinctive.

Rab Hines

Clark Terry is a great musician, and a fine man.

Thanks for bringing him front and center.

Keith Hedger

I'll never forget seeing him at the old Lake Buena Vista club at Disney world back in the 70s with a house rhythm section. I was there with a bunch of rock musician friends of mine. The place was about half full, and after the first set, Clark notified the audience that they'd be taking a break, stepped off the stage, walked up to our table, pulled out a chair and sat down. "Hiya fellas!". I about "soiled me armour..." as they say. He sat there the whole break just talking to us. He was great. Played his ass off. I wish I could have seen him again, but I never seemed to be anywhere he was playing...

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