Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Today would of been Stan Getz 89th birthday, Feb 2, 1927.Stan was about creative expression.To me, his main ideas were growth through creativity. He knew that the music would foster that. As well as he knew via experiences then that the music will change and grow to reflect. This mostly involves conceptual growth as opposed to technical growth, although that is necessary also. All of the elements were there in Stan's music. Every note Stan Getz played was unique.Since the goal is the expression of culture, Stan was one of the front runners of this. Another aspect I always loved about his musics was that the same music can be experienced many different ways by different people. EG- The highest form of art! As a teenager, I was grateful to hear Stan Getz when I was in 10th grade. My mother took me to the Lambertville Music Summer Concert Series,to hear Stan about 1966, or so. We drove down from Reading, Pa. This was the very first time I heard Stan live, I had records and had never ever heard him live. My excitement and eagerness was on tilt! Stan had Gary Burton on vibraphone, Steve Swallow on bass and Roy Haynes on drums. From the first note, that was it! It was the middle of the summer,really hot and Stan went places in the music that I never ever forgot in my life.Watching him that close, and hearing him trade 4's with Roy Haynes or hearing the connections with Steve and Gary knocked me out.Stan played tunes like" Early Autumn"," Here's That Rainy Day" along with two strong creative sets that were just what I needed to hear at that age. To this day, I can still see Stan standing there, sweating, in his shorts and sneakers playing at such an infinite level. In addition- what a great quartet he had too., That was a seamless experience, something I never forgot. I still appreciate hearing something that was at that lever musically, and a musician and band that pulled no punches. This was also the bossa-nova period, and he did play the current Jobim tunes he was recording, but also played so profoundly on them.Stan, as you know, was one of the true masters of jazz, affected every corner of the jazz world when he played. The sheer power and beauty of the music breathed new life into jazz and stretched the imaginations of many.He taught me by hearing him live what the alpha state was! Another time, I was on the 2ed floor at Berklee practicing piano, and I went to sit in the hall as the room was getting stuffy. As I sat there, I started to hear two soprano players playing things back and forth. It had my attention, so much so that I moved up the hall and sat closer to Joe Viola's office to hear it better. I figured out real fast that this was no student in there with Joe Viola. But who? so I listened, and as they played it became euphorically beautiful. After a while, the door opened and out walks Stan Getz with a soprano saxophone case! As Stan left, Joe walked over an said to me " how much did you hear"..I told him over an hour or so. He smiled and asked me what I thought. I just said " wow". What could you say!? I was barely 21 and I felt like I dreamed it in a way, so much so that the next day I went and asked Joe what they were playing- Joe said Stan had been working on his soprano playing and wanted a lesson! We just looked at each other and smiled. That might of been 1972 or round that time. In any case...Stan Getz touched this life, music and art form deeply. Thank you Stan Getz! You made this world a more beautiful place by being you. - - Tim Price / D'Addario Woodwinds blog 2-2-2015
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
I want to share this....Why must any human being have to survive like this? Please read; It's a damn horrid shame....The article in the Providence Journal by Edward Fitzpatrick is excellent. This is something that deeply bothers me- My heart goes out to Manny. http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20160118/NEWS/st_refDomain=www.facebook.com&st_refQuery=
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Everyone can suffer from the winter blues, the lack of daylight and effects of spending less time outside leave you feeling subpar. Even if you feel OK mentally and emotionally when it's dark and cold out — I love brisk, snowy days — it can be challenging to stay healthy physically this time of year. There are fewer whole foods in season and it can be challenging to get outside and get moving as much as you might like.Food-wise, my freezer is loaded with veggies and fruit so they don't disappear from the table during the off-season. It makes my spirit glad. But everyone likes their comforts, and I've found that stocking a full cupboard and a variety of teas and keeping a stack of books on hand gives me the peace of mind that no matter what Old Man Winter brings, I can burrow in my home and when the storm clears, it will all come out just fine. That said- THE MUSIC...is your biggest asset. I try to keep working on my Bach pieces and keep the energy for musical forward motion- growth and ideas at it's max. Try taking Joe Viola's Technique Of The Saxophone book- and building tempos on comfortable pages and getting your weak points going on the others. ,,,,,,,,,,,,, LISTENING PROVIDES LEARNING AS WELL......I put a few CD album covers here, there's a good chance you have heard of them but not these CD's...take the time and BUY THE MUSIC. Then listen to them over and over again- lunch for your ears I call it. You need to hear something that it REAL JAZZ and has a constant in life to develop awarness of this. Also- take the little exercises below..and start to play them. Go slow - when you can take them thru the keys. If you can't do that....FIND A TEACHER and study. Enjoy the time the winter makes for you and your sanity and music- Till next week- strive for tone and stay warm- TIM PRICE
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- - Stuff to practice from Tim Price- Transcriptions- Lines- Ideas- chord studys, phrasing, Hawkins, Cannonball, Rollins, RARE Michael Brecker interview and more!
--- HERE IS A HOLIDAY SPECIAL TO TAKE YOU....INTO THE NEW YEAR 2016 IN THE MOST MUSICAL WAY...IN THE SHED- Transcriptions- lines on chords- Licks and more from me to you, PLUS A RARE MICHAEL BRECKER INTERVIEW I DID...Enjoy and enjoy - Music for music's sake is the path to travel....Thank you - - Tim Price LAST,,,,BUTNOT LEAST,,,A RARE MICHAEL BRECKER INTERVIEW I DID FOR SAXOPHONE JOURNAL ; This was a conversation that Michael and I had in 1991. It was a combination of some ideas that we were talking about,I made some cassette tapes for him of Bert Wilson, then got him in touch with Bert later. He did know Bert from a loft time period in the early 70's though. Point here is..It was a very relaxed conversation...Very non-interview like in a way that's why I moved forward to get the editor. There were some parts about multi-phonics that were edited out by the editor, and some other content but. Most of all we had a lot of fun.....hope you enjoy it — at Hastings on the Hudson...Michael's home.
Monday, December 21, 2015
TO GET STARTED WITH CHRISTMAS 2015....I HAVE A CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPE AND A SEABASS DISH YOUR GONNA LOVE. Let's get started ; Ingredients 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup white sugar 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 eggs, beaten Market Pantry Grade A Large Eggs 12 1 tablespoon Tennessee whiskey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 (12 ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips ............................................................... Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift flour, baking soda, and salt together into a bowl. Beat butter, white sugar, and brown sugar together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat the first egg into the butter until completely blended; beat in the second egg. Add whiskey and vanilla extract; beat until smooth. Mix flour mixture into creamed butter mixture until just incorporated; fold in chocolate chips. Form dough into 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet, 1 to 2 inches apart. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are lightly browned, 9 to 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. .................................................................. This dish is served with a beer remoulade — a condiment we fell in love with in New Orleans. Ours combines pickles, jalapenos, fresh basil, hot sauce, and beer to make a perfect sauce for a smoky white fish. It’s so good we even slathered it all over the potatoes and veggies as we ate dinner. Grilled Chilean Sea Bass Serves: 4 4 ½-pound fish steaks, such as Chilean Sea Bass 1 Navel orange, cut into thin slices 1 can frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed) Handful of fresh basil, chopped ½ cup of olive oil 4 tablespoons minced garlic Salt and pepper Beer remoulade (see below) Place 2 orange circles in the center of a large piece of tin foil. Season each fish filet with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, 1 tablespoon of garlic, 1 tablespoon of fresh basil, salt and pepper. Place the fish atop the orange circles and drizzle with about 3 tablespoons of orange juice concentrate, until the fish is covered. Close up the foil packet, leaving yourself handles on either end of the packet for easy handling. Set up your grill for indirect grilling, placing the coals under half the grate. Place the foil packets on the side of the grill away from the coals, put the lid on the grill and cook for about 20 minutes, until the fish is cooked through. Serve with the beer remoulade and the beer you used in the remoulade. Beer Remoulade 1 cup mayonnaise 1 hard-boiled egg 3 cornichons, minced (or two tablespoons dill pickle relish) 1 fresh jalapeno or 6 slices of pickled jalapenos, finely diced 1 tablespoon minced basil 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce 1 tablespoon beer Salt and pepper to taste Add the ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined.ENJOY!!!!!!! Happy Holidays to everyone. May your Christmas & New Year's be joyful and safe. Have a wonderful New Year - 2016!!!! see you soon - - Tim Price
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Joe's books have always been the basis for Berklee's saxophone instruction, Joe was the teacher of teachers and....a guy who knew so much. I would wake up early and just GET READY for Joes lessons as a kid. I studied with Joe and graduated from Berklee in 1973.Things at Berklee have changed plenty since then, but the Joe Viola books have been a very important part of instrumental studies since I was a kid. They provide you with EVERYTHING you need and more. Sorry for the shameless plug. I'm a big fan of Joe Viola,and was lucky to be at the school when Joe, Charlie Mariano, Andy McGhee and Nick Ciazza, John LaPorta and more.That was a great time to be at Berklee. As educators- it is our business is to culturally train young people so they can appreciate the finer things in life. For some of the readers discussing this topic may seem unnecessary, since in reality teaching an art form and jazz in particular is a fact of modern academic life. But I still think that in some people’s minds there is doubt as to how creativity, demonstrated in a viable art form can be taught - JOE VIOLA- was a propigator of that vision. For me, Joe and Mariano were the arbiters of creative culture. A life line to a source of vitality, strength and positive knowledge which is so rare in our society. I miss Joe a lot-a few years ago I got a Mariquax Altu Noir oboe. SOMEWHERE JOE WAS DIGGING THAT I GOT THIS- I FELT IT. He was such a beautiful soul. He got the student into the culture. BTW- If anyone knows it or not musicians like John Coltrane and Duke Ellington as well as Charlie Parker have become a vital part of our culture as human beings.They have raised the level of society by putting out a good product that lasts forever. To take the student into a part of your world that your in touch with as a creator is very difficult. To say the least. I was a 18 year old kid, when I met Joe, he took my mind into a space that I can never thank him enough for. Let me also add- while on this thought- Jane Ira Bloom's was one of Joe's visionary pupils. Jane is a great example of a player and one of the most unique musicians on the current scene. I've been aware of Jane's musicianship and personal pursuits since her days with Joe Viola.I feel she is one of the leading exponents of a sound concept on the soprano that Joe fathered. Not to mention- His playing had a vision and intensity then that in my mind was on the level. See at that time, many players were not teachers , most wouldn’t or couldn’t impart specifics. This is obviously very different from now when almost every major jazz performer does master classes at least some of the time. HIS BOOKS ACCOMPLISH THESE ASPECTS ; - Pitch retention - opening your technique - breaking rote finger habits I think that a typical student attending a jazz school or taking private lessons with a player might not be totally cognizant of it , but (s)he may be looking for something that is not there-sort of like the keys to the kingdom. E.G- " Show me how to sound like ...." or , " If I get this mouthpiece , can I get this guys style "...etc etc. WRONG !!!! Joe made me aware of loving the music, being inspired by it and wanting to play is exciting and the nature of youth is to want to get there fast. JOE VIOLA'S BOOKS ARE.... an asset to ALL OF US . They are a credit to his legacy !
Monday, December 14, 2015
Because it’s important to stay focused on what I’m doing in real life, I’ve developed some coping mechanisms to block out the noise: 1. Take the weekends and holidays off from social media. Even if you have to use social media to promote your businesses (like I do), your weekends and holidays should be sacred. It’s easy to look at social media and see people knocking out quick but photogenic DIY’s, rearranging their breakfasts at chic cafes and mostly sharing other people’s work. It can feel like the cards are stacked against you, especially if you’re writing a book that’s going to take two years, working on a design project at an agency that takes six months (I’ve been there) or remodeling your house on your own (five years in, it feels like we’ve barely scratched the surface). The point is, longer projects are meant to challenge you and downright suck a lot of the time. They’re the ones that really force you to grow and learn about yourself. In the end, you’ll be much better for it. Those quick, fleeting projects? Sometimes they’re nothing more than a form of procrastination to keep you from digging into the meatier ones you’re scared to start. 3. Remind yourself that what you see others doing is never the full story.