6 feb. 2009

My "Harold Land" pandora station gives me a lot of great tenors like Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, and Stanley Turrentine. I tend to exhaust the possibilities of any one station after a while: the albums repeat and the more mediocre tracks grate on my nerves.

I like the supposedly second line players of the Harold Land type. They aren't really second rate, despite not being Coltrane or Rollins. I used to be much more in the "genius" mode, where I only wanted to hear a few canonical figures. Now I listen much more in a bottom up mode, focusing on the drums and bass and the overall groove and appreciating the soloist for what they are.

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