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Pony Poindexter, any fans?

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I was listening to him tonight and wonder why he never made it big like other horn players. He is talented beyond words.

If you're looking for a nice recording with him, "Annie Ross & Pony Poindexter" is a great recording. Pony also played on some Lambert Hendricks & Ross recordings.

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I was listening to him tonight and wonder why he never made it big like other horn players. He is talented beyond words.

If you're looking for a nice recording with him, "Annie Ross & Pony Poindexter" is a great recording. Pony also played on some Lambert Hendricks & Ross recordings.

I consider Pony to have been a musical friend, and about as close a personal friend as we could be. (Read his autobiography to learn a bit more about the limits on such things. You'll also get some insight on why he never became "big".)

To pick one of his recordings as a fun/interesting example, I'd choose Pony's Express. Look at the musician lineup.

I'm not really of the mindset to go on right now about Pony; perhaps later. Complex cat.

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The two albums he cut for Prestige are nice, too. There was a 2 LP on 1 CD reissue un the British BGP label:

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But Pony's Express may be his masterpiece - one of the most astonishing all star saxists meetings ever recorded!

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I liked the one released on Inner City, tho the sound quality wasn't wonderful. IIRC, it was recorded in Seattle.

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Don't know Pony's work, but I always liked his name. :)

And ya gotta like Neal Hefti's (Count Basie's) "Little Pony". Yes, same Pony.

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I did read the autobiography, interesting stuff. My impression from musicians who knew him was that his alcoholism caused professional problems.

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I knew him late in his life, where age and general deterioration from a hard life were probably having as much impact as substances. For anyone who has met James Moody - open, friendly, and light-hearted, with everyone - well, Pony was not James Moody.

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He said in his autobiography that he liked the life in Europe, but wasn't always satisfied with the sidemen. I saw him live with a local backup trio, and he was right ... his whole life was a combination of bad luck and circumstances, and, I think, lack of recognition for mainstream players during the turmoil of the 1960's and 70's.

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FWIW, here's a Pony Poindexter discography I compiled ... please contact me if anything is missing.

Disco Pony Poindexter.pdf

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FWIW, here's a Pony Poindexter discography I compiled ... please contact me if anything is missing.

nice one - thanks for the discography

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FWIW, here's a Pony Poindexter discography I compiled ... please contact me if anything is missing.

This is another of those "I love this place" moments. Thanks!

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FWIW, here's a Pony Poindexter discography I compiled ... please contact me if anything is missing.

Thanks Mike

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I have had Pony Express and Plays the Big Ones for quite a while and concur on the former's standing to the latter. I also picked up a copy of Gumbo! w/Booker Ervin on Prestige recently.

It hasn't drawn me in yet but to be honest I haven't played it many times. I should give it a spin tonight and see what happens. :party:

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On 1.11.2011 at 9:15 PM, mikeweil said:

FWIW, here's a Pony Poindexter discography I compiled ... please contact me if anything is missing.

Disco Pony Poindexter.pdf

The download link doesn't work anymore - I'm in the process of typing all the data into BRIAN and will make it available again after I'm done. Added some new issues and details I found out in the meantime.

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I've always found Plays The Big Ones and Gumbo very disappointing..   Pony's Express  gets a regular play.  That's as far as my knowledge goes.

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Any relation to "Poinsy” Poindexter, friend to Felix the Cat?

 

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To be honest, Pony Poindexter has never been a favorite of mine. One I do like is Pony’s Express mainly because it has many other saxophone players I like, and the arrangements are good.

When I think of the alto sax players I like, Pony comes far far down the list. I sense a certain shrillness to his sound, and I don’t find his solos to be interesting, though there are likely a few exceptions.

My comments are not in line with what others here have said, but it is just my personal opinion.

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I like how he seems to turn up in unlikely places and/or in unlikely settings.

 

 

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