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  •  Performed with him in 1999 (11+ / 0-)

    In 1999, one of the choirs I sing with held a concert here in Chicago. Dave and his group, along with a small concert orchestra, performed with our choir. The first half of the concert was Dave and his group performing about an hour of their hits from over the years. The second half was a performance of one of Dave's sacred compositions, Beloved Son. The quartet at the time consisted of Dave, Bobby Militello, Alec Dankworth, and Randy Jones. And Dave's associate, Russell Gloyd, conducted the orchestra.

    Before we began the rehearsal Mr. Gloyd imparted to us the basic lesson of jazz: what we were about to hear would probably never be heard again. Jazz was so fluid, what happened within the framework of the musical charts was variable. The evening performance may sound similar but it would be different. Knowing that what we were going to experience and participate in was a one-off, never to be duplicated, event was a particularly exciting aspect of the concert (and the rehearsal). True enough. Dave and the quartet were so inventive in the rehearsal and in the concert. Hearing Dave and his group working out details was instructive, too, in how a small combo operates. This was truly a unique experience for me.

    In addition to singing in the concert, my wife and I had the pleasure and privilege of picking up Dave and his lovely wife at the airport and driving them to rehearsals, their hotel, and the concert. He was so down to earth and easy to talk to. Even 13 years ago now I marvel at the fortune I had to meet and be with a true living legend of jazz.

    One day I hope to be found Guilty of committing innovation but today is not that day.

    by Another Mr Brown on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 11:41:49 AM PST

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