Barry Galbraith: Guitar and the Wind - JazzWax

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December 27, 2010


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Rab Hines

As you mention, the excellent Mr. Galbraith is on many available sessions, but one worth noting is "Mundell Lowe: Satan in High Heels"

The cover(!) and a link is seen here everyday on the front page of Jazzwax.

Bill Kirchner

On the superb Gil Evans album called "Into the Hot" (Impulse, 1961)--for which, ironically, Evans did none of the writing; it was split between Johnny Carisi and Cecil Taylor for their respective ensembles--Carisi wrote a feature for Barry Galbraith called "Barry's Tune".

By all accounts, Galbraith was a superb sight-reader, including single lines--a glaring weakness for many guitarists. As a result, he was the most employed NYC studio guitarist of the '50s. George Russell wrote intricate single-line parts for Galbraith on several albums, including ones led by Hal McKusick. "The Day John Brown Was Hanged" (which Russell told me was one of his favorite pieces from the '50s) is an outstanding example, played by McKusick, Galbraith, Milt Hinton, and Osie Johnson.

James Cimarusti

Barry Galbraith is one of my favorite guitarists. One of my favorite tracks (besides all his work with Hal McKusick)is his solo on Gigi Gryce's "Blue Lights" on Coleman Hawkins' Riverside release of "The Hawk Flies High". I just wish Barry got more solo space on that album (since he plays rhythm only on the rest of the session), but he gets off a good solo on that one tune.

Joel Lewis

I'm to understand that Galbraith had injured his hand at some point and turned to teaching in the latter part of his life. I think he may have written an instruction book that is popular among students and teachers.

Russell used albraith to great effect on "jazz in the Space Age" & "new York, New York", often using his guitar as part of the brass section parts. In the LP repackaging of the two discs, Russell --in the liner notes-- makes special note of the role that Galbraith played in the realization of his music.

Peter Rogine

Hello fellow jazz guitarists,
Does anyone know how to get in touch with
Barry Galbraiths son or family members who may know the wereabouts of the scores/parts for Guitar and the Wind?

Our guitar ensembles at Five Towns College (Dix Hills) would benefit greatly from playing this material. Any help in this matter is well appreciated.

Don Jansen

Someone posted the The Manhattan Jazz Septette
~ Oscar Pettiford on Groove Shark..wonderful
Thank You

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  • Marc Myers writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal and is author of "Anatomy of 55 More Songs," "Anatomy of a Song," "Rock Concert: An Oral History" and "Why Jazz Happened." Founded in 2007, JazzWax has won three Jazz Journalists Association awards.
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