“Tenor Madness” disc. But still he was hailed as one of the most expressive players to ever walk this earth. Coltrane, reputed as the great tenor balladier in his early and middle periods, eventually came to be acclaimed as a great avant-garde soprano player. He was always groping for new and more expressive techniques.
With Trane’s passing in the early Sixties, we also saw the anti-climax of the end of an era in Jazz. The new wave became the now wave. The Jazz greats of yesteryear had sown their musical seeds. Many of today’s giants began to
blossom. We became aware of Miles Davis. Freddie Hubbard. Stan Getz. Herbie Hancock and many others, all of whom had been musically fertilized by the tradition of those who had gone before them.
A great instance of what these men meant to the World of Jazz, is portrayed in the music of Gato Barbieri. He is a Latin-American tenor who is hauntingly in the bop—Coltraneexpressive tradition. Gato brings us the feeling and percussion characteristic of the Latin sound and uniquely wraps these components into a very palatable musical entree. Barbieri is starting to receive some widespread notoriety now that he has recently released a remake of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” on his new disc on A&M records, “La Caliente”. Personally, I suggest his “Fenix” album on Flying Dutchman . . . A SMOKER!
Well, here we are in modern times, with an electronic gadget for just about everything. The Echoplex remembers and plays back whatever you want it to. The Lyricon, developed locally in Massachusetts, is a sort of saxophone synthesizer. These new devices add an infinite number of possibilities to our future reedmen’s capabilities. Although these trends are away from acoustic playing. if it’s JAll, the ghosts of Bird. Pres or Trane can’t be too far away.
by Jerry Zaslow