Before & After: Paquito d’Rivera

1. Charlie Parker with Machito and his Orchestra
“Mango Mangue” (from Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve). Recorded in 1948. Charlie Parker, alto saxophone solo

BEFORE: (immediately starts singing along with the intro) C’mon in, Bird. I think that’s Mario playing the lead alto in the orchestra. I never get tired of listening to this. My father was a personal friend of Mario Bauzá, and he always told me Mario went to the States and made it big there. He also said Bauzá was an alto saxophonist and clarinetist in Cuba, and learned the trumpet only after he came to the States. Of course that’s Mango Mangue. Continue reading

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Before & After: Don Byron

IMG_1910I caught up with clarinetist, saxophonist and bandleader Don Byron during a summer tour on the heels of his recently recorded homage to Motown star Jr. Walker. At a recent stop in Vancouver, we met in his hotel room where I noticed a book of Bach sonatas and partitas open for practicing, along with recently bought dvd’s of Loretta Lynn and the tv show Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. While I set up my gear, he kept an eye on the televised tennis match from Wimbledon.

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