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OMG, Sal Nistico Sounds Like He Was About To Crack The Lockjaw Code!

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That motherfucker could PLAY!!!!!

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Moving into the Lockjaw neighborhood, yes. Wish he had more than two choruses to see where he might have gone here.

Who are the other soloists?

 

Edited by Mark Stryker

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Bobby Burgess & Henry Hall.

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Great video ! But I had to laugh when I saw the band members in that "silly" hippie-style shirts. This must have been early 70´s, right ? And an electric bass. Well this was the time when acoustic came out of fashion.
I think during that time Woody kind of played a very mixed program, there were super old charts like "Woodchoppers Ball" and then "new" stuff, like Chick Coreas´s "Spain", I think there was also some tunes with a slight rock rhythm.

I saw them in 1979 (the Thundering Heard) and it seems it was very similar to that video. Woody was wearing a white suit, and his band members more casually dressed, and they played for example "Caledonia" that very very old stuff, and some Chick Corea compositions. I remember the 1979 band had a very very fine virtuose baritone saxophonist. I liked it very much, but anyway I was on high spirits since just before Sonny Rollins had finished his set and I thought it will be hard for the next to impress me after Sonny Rollins, but they did !

I saw Woody again in 1985 but was quite astonished that he came without his Herd, then he had an allstar small group with both Buddy Tate and Al Cohn, with I think Warren Vaché, with John Bunch on piano I think, Jake Hanna on drums and .....aaah..... a very young kid on bass who played very good. The strange thing was that on bass was scheduled George Duvivier, but I think he was dying then.....
I remember that Woody played only clarinet, played his best solo on a slow blues and did a vocal "I got the World on a String"

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First time I saw Woody (either 1977 or 1978, 78 I think) they did some of the older numbers but also remember that they did ‘Spain’. One impression left was just how small a guy Woody was physically.

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I'm sure that they played "Caledonia" about fifty bajillion times faster than the original.

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I've got a number of recordings of Sal, but I don't think he ever played better than he did when he was in Woody's band.

 

 

 

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Yeah, I enjoy Sal Nistico's playing (have a few of his leader dates and I think a couple sideman appearances), but probably need to spend more time with prime Herd. Indeed, would be great to hear where he could have gone with the material here.

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first time I ever noticed that he has a Von Freeman-ish intonation. 

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I've always heard a bit of Johnny Griffin in his tone, which is more or less somewhat the same thing.

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1 hour ago, AllenLowe said:

first time I ever noticed that he has a Von Freeman-ish intonation. 

Von was energized by talk of his tone.

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That would have been the time John Hicks was in the band. Is that him in the video?

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