No, not that guy, oh please, that guy is a mere insignificant napping earthworm compared to the ridiculoso orignal, tiger-blooded, martian rock star, sick of pretending he is not special, musical genius F-18 that is - Coltrane.
Just wanted to clear that up once and for all.
And as exhibit A, let us delve into chorus number 6 from said maniac.
And that is hard to do.
Chris is a killer bassist that has won Canadian Grammys (Juno's) for his compositions and playing with his band Metal Wood, and now he has done something that might be a first.
He is also an author, so he took his writing and his composing and made a CD that has both on them - short stories, illustrations and jazz.
So you get his tunes, plus a 100 page book-bound CD.
Check out some photos here.
From the press release:
"Rest of the Story" is available in hard copy only (no downloads) exclusively through Nineteen Eight Records. That's right, for now, no iTunes, no CD Baby, just one place, right here. Because, when you buy this album, you support one of the most decorated groups in jazz, as well as a CD that speaks to a time when beautiful album design mattered, a good story was the talk of the town, and music was more than just a click away.
This is very interesting for a whole bunch of reasons - creatively, product-wise, and originality wise.
A big Bravo Ridiculoso, Chris, this may be the beginning of an entirely new genre of artistic output from him, and possibly others.
Check out Chris in action below, and on the web at http://christarry.com
From the page at whitehouse.gov announcing this:
Sonny Rollins for his contributions to American jazz music. Widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians of the post-bebop era, Mr. Rollins’ melodic sensibilities, playing style, and solos have delighted audiences and influenced generations of musicians for over 50 years.
How about one for McCoy too, while you are at it?
FloutingHe is not happy with just playing "wrong" notes all over the place, he is double-dog-daring someone to call him on it. He is saying, "hey, its not enough for you when I play the major seven huh, well how about if it is the very first note of an entire chorus, huh, now what you are gonna do? Huh? Oh you gonna do something now?".
McCoy is one of the last living old timers, between him and Sonny Rollins, they represent some of the last living links back to the early days of bop all that jazz has been through since then. The list of people McCoy has played with is like a history book of jazz - Coltrane, Brecker, Jones, Garrison, Henderson, Dorham, Blakey ... the list has all of 'em. How many albums has he been on? 100? 500? A heck of a lot. He even had Derek Trucks play on his last album, so he is just about making music of any kind, even now in his 70's.
I have been listening to Inception, McCoy's debut album as a leader, every day since I found it. He plays so many cool things on each tune every time through there is something new and awesome lurking around in there.
Case in point - the song "Blues For Gwen". It's just a blues right, every jazz album has one. What's the big deal. Well, check out the entire chorus below which is basically one crazy long complete phrase ridiculoso that McCoy just kinda rattles off like it was nothing as the eighth chorus he takes (at about 2:03). .
McCoy playing it at tempo (about 225 ish)
McCoy Speed for Bass
Half Speed For Bass
You bust out a phrase like this on your next solo and watch the props you get. Wow.
You think it is gonna end, but it doesnt end, it just keeps going and then at the end it just parks itself with a "how do you like them apples, huh?" finality to it. A whole chorus as one phrase takes some big ears.
So I am putting up this awesome Sonny Rollins phrase from the bridge of his tune Strode Rode on Saxophone Colossus. The actual lick is included, and lets see how this embedding mp3 snippets works out. This way you can hear how he does it, both at regular speed and at half speed. He takes this one really fast, but it is such an awesome lick the way it just rolls off his horn. Another total Maestro Ridiculoso. Check it out. This one is guaranteed to perplex your fingers and use some patterns they have not run across doing those ol' pentatonic and dominant shapes.