Friday, April 15, 2016

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Pete Yellin; July 18, 1941, April 13, 2016

 Peter "Pete" Michael Yellin; July 18, 1941, NYC - d. April 13, 2016, was an American jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, studio musician and educator. He lived most of his life in New York had moved to the San Francisco Bay area, he had lived there since 2006.

Yellin is the son of a former NBC studio pianist, and he learned his first musical lessons from his father. He began playing in the late 1950s after hearing the alto saxophonist Art Pepper. He turned down an athletic scholarship at the University of Denver and came back home to New York to study at Juilliard under Joseph Allard (saxophone), Augustine Duques (clarinet) and Harold Bennett (flute). After graduation from Juilliard he started to work in the New York area. He went on to earn a Master's degree in saxophone at Brooklyn College.

He founded the jazz program at  Long Island University in 1984, he was coordinator for the studio there until the end of the 1990s.


In the Spring of 2011, Pete had a major stroke that left him paralyzed on one side and unable to speak due to aphasia. He passed on April 13, 2016 due to complications from the 2011 stroke.

Discography as leader

  • Dance of Allegra (Mainstream Records], 1973)
  • It's the Right Thing (Mainstream, 1973)
  • European Connection: Live! (Jazz4Ever, 1995)
  • It's You or No One (Mons Records, 1996)
  • Mellow Soul (Metropolitan Records, 1999)[4]
  • How Long Has This Been Going On? (Jazzed Media, 2009)

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Truth and reality in a nutshell. With a splash of Dolphy.

It seems self-evident that music plays more than just an aesthetic role in contemporary society. Its social, political and economical functions have been the subject of much research. The ways in which music engages with ethics are more relevant than ever, and require sustained attention. Social media is not a gig or experience that bears anything other than what it is! When the computer is turned off- reality should start for any musician worth their salt.  INTERESTING-music and ethics, begins from the idea that music is not only a vehicle to transport ethical ideas, ideas that can also be articulated verbally or discursively.
Music can teach us to listen carefully and without prejudice. It can also teach us to cooperate and interact with others outside preconceived goals and benefits. It can offer insights into expressions of selfhood, as a key player in the construction of subjectivity. However, on the other hand, music also plays an important role in the disciplining and controlling of human beings. In that sense, music has ‘unethical’ sides as well. 9 times out of 10...a person with an attitude of a hustler or
" enlightened savior" runs a short course in the long term.
Absurdities abound in these people and take a second to realize...who is jiving whom!
THE TERM...Intellectual shucking and jiving describes it all. Only thing as a player, that can change YOU as a player is to work, study, and keep working and studying your art. Stay positive and when you can, remember your knowledge is the tool most vital. NEXT- Is your ear. Instead of buying a thousand dollar mouthpiece- Why not buy a thousand dollars worth of recordings of great players and listen. Get an AMAZON ECHO TOO....All I say to my ECHO is ALEXA Eric Dolphy and I've got hours od Eric Dolphy to hear in my home. Like BACH or MONK.
BEING POSITIVE...Put the pedal down and keep stepping!!!
How do you think and feel about the past, the present and the future? Do you tend to see the good side and the opportunities or do you tend to focus on the problems and things that might go wrong? How realistic are you being? All of this matters for how happy and satisfied we are with our lives. People who are optimistic tend to be happier, healthier and cope better when times are tough. So there are a lot of advantages to looking at the world through a positive lens and focusing on the things that are good. However, it's possible to be unrealistically optimistic which isn't a good thing. And it's certainly not helpful to put a positive spin on everything or pretend that things are fine if they're clearly not
Whether we are naturally an optimist or more of a pessimist, it's impossible to know what the future holds.  . We can become more conscious of our own patterns of thought and learn skills to help us be more flexible in our outlook.

Dolphy's improvisations---on each instrument--are bursting with creative, far-reaching ideas, expressive wails, and some of the most long term beautiful ideas you'll ever hear! There's no excuse- that will improve your SOUND hearing Eric.

TILL NEXT TIME.....Keep moving forward and....Listen to Eric Dolphy and have fun.
~~ TIM PRICE....Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds.