04-11-2013 10:22 AM - edited 04-11-2013 10:23 AM
Many years ago I read an article that analysed Lester Young's solo on the Jones-Smith Inc recording of "Shoe Shine Boy." (Jones-Smith was a pseudonym for the Count Basie band and this was, maybe, their first recording.)
One of the points made was that right off in the solo, Young performs a couple of really difficult moves as if to say: "Here I am, move over. Now listen here."
Piano players have the same stuff--scale and arpeggios done really fast. So do organists. Guitar players, of course, have little else (wink smiley here).
What, think you, constitutes a bragging rights lick on synth? It's such a very different instrument than piano or organ, I don't know if there's an equivalent.
Lester Young's solo starts at 0:44 after Basie's piano.
04-11-2013 02:20 PM - edited 04-11-2013 02:29 PM
I'm a self-acknowledged "hack", never learned to read, and I don't mind blending in as much as possible --so my "proud of myself" licks may be low-hanging fruit for pros. That said, the ones I've learned that I'm pretty proud of:
piano: solo to The Breeze (just weird phrasing to me, mess it up often )
organ: Foreplay (still working on it at full speed honestly, and doing left-hand at the same time is a struggle)
synth: tough one, I can't think of too many hard synth parts I've had to learn. As a teenager I worked up Foolin' Yourself from Styx note for note, I was feeling pretty good at the time!
Edit: Synth does open things up for me in one area--controlling the sound. I'm just as impressed at being able to manipulate filters etc while playing to make a cool sound as I am playing a billion notes per minute. I can't think of good examples offhand unfortunately.
04-11-2013 04:05 PM
04-11-2013 05:53 PM
By the way, great video, I love listening to the notes Basie doesn't play.
Good ear Wes
I counted the unplayed notes
Basie doesn't play 67 notes with the right hand
Stockhause very likely would play all 88 and make a lecture about it at thre Art University talking about the intergalactical spirit about it
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