Jump to content
Gibson Brands Forums

Old Music...


KSG_Standard

Recommended Posts

Rich's post on the swing band got me thinking and reminiscing about the past...It's raining here today so instead of fishing I've been listening to my dad's old records. He gave me quite a collection...Any of you folks ever hear of:

 

Boots Randolph? He's most famous for "Yakkity Sax", but he played on lot's of people's albums, including Roy Orbison and REO Speedwagon.

 

How about Gene Krupa or Buddy Rich? Check out this old drum battle between thet two ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwJAAlXomVk

 

Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass?

 

Floyd Cramer? Here he is with Chet Atkins...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM2OJZn5Kkw

 

I still remember this song from when I was a kid and my folks "jammed" to it, it's called "Last Date" and it's on my iPod...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjhpIuW0HLo

 

My dad was a fan of Les Paul and Mary Ford too...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Rich's post on the swing band got me thinking and reminiscing about the past...It's raining here today so instead of fishing I've been listening to my dad's old records. He gave me quite a collection...Any of you folks ever hear of:

 

Boots Randolph? He's most famous for "Yakkity Sax"' date=' but he played on lot's of people's albums, including Roy Orbison and REO Speedwagon.

 

How about Gene Krupa or Buddy Rich? Check out this old drum battle between thet two ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwJAAlXomVk

 

Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass?

 

Floyd Cramer? Here he is with Chet Atkins...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM2OJZn5Kkw

 

I still remember this song from when I was a kid and my folks "jammed" to it, it's called "Last Date" and it's on my iPod...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjhpIuW0HLo

 

My dad was a fan of Les Paul and Mary Ford too...

 

 

[/quote']

Great Stuff, I love the way most people say "Old Music" and come back with Cream.

 

Benny Goodman with Cahrlie Christian

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-U1-AB_vnM

 

Django

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4v-6AH-S8L8

 

Buddy Guy and Big Mamma Thornton (Not so Old, But hey, it's in there anyway)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XUAg1_A7IE

 

Cab Calloway's "Refer Man", from International House (one of my Favorite Movies. W.C. Fields Forever!)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

<...>

Boots Randolph? He's most famous for "Yakkity Sax"' date=' but he played on lot's of people's albums, including Roy Orbison and REO Speedwagon.<...>

[/quote']

 

Boots was underestimated by most sax players. What he played on his own recordings was pure commercial kitsch. But his stuff on other people's recordings was outstanding. IMHO he recorded the best 2 progression blues solo on records, during Elvis' version of Lowell Fulsom's "Reconsider Baby" on the Elvis Is Back LP/CD.

 

Yakety sax is a song we sax players hate to play, because it is boring once you get past the fingering problems, and the recordings under his own name were the country music equivalent of what Kenny G does for the smooth jazz market. But I'm not dissing either one for that, after all, I play commercial music for a living too.

 

I appreciated a lot of the other stuff in your post as well, but since I've been playing sax longer than flute, wind synth, guitar, and keyboards, sax is the closest thing to my soul.

 

Every era and every genre from Bach to the present (and probably before that) has had it's shares of good music and bad music. Good music will stand the test of time, and mediocre music will be discarded in time like used chewing gum.

 

Buddy Rich was one of the greatest big band drummers ever, and Frank Sinatra was one of the best big band singers ever.

 

Of course where would we be without Les Paul?

 

Elvis P was great in his day, until he went commercial (but again, who can blame him?).

 

The Beach Boys sang about corny stuff by today's standards, but their harmonies were delightful.

 

Groups like Jethro Tull and Yes raised rock music to a higher level (but they had some dogs as well).

 

And what about blues and Jazz -- Muddy Waters? Lambert Hendricks & Ross? Stan Getz? Jim Hall? Charlie Bird? Charlie Parker? Buddy Guy? Keb' Mo'? Joe Pass?

 

And in the symphonic field, people like Tchaikovsky, Shostakovitch, Dvorak, and Prokofiev will probably be played hundreds of years from now.

 

I like a lot of the old music that has stood the test of time, and some new music that I hope will do the same.

 

Notes

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

×
×
  • Create New...