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    Paul McCandless

    Quote Originally Posted by Mat View Post
    Do continue, John. Would also be nice if you could provide us with some samples. Now, here's my contribution.

    The second jazz oboe player I found is Paul McCandless. This man is a true multi-instrumentalist. Not only does he play oboe, but also English horn, soprano saxophone, sopranino saxophone, bass clarinet and a variety of folk flutes. He is the leader of a group called Oregon.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAcGuRSVvMA (love the way he explores oboe's highest registers)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHnwrwy200g

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_C2uL5aV6Q

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEKsMsaMLuY
    McCandless is sure a fantastic musician,although like Colin I wonder how close such music relates to the Jazz I have been brought up with.
    I love that guy on classical guitar as well

    Cheers John

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    It is a surprise to hear it in Jazz combos.............
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    Well, the links I posted may not quite fit the bill, I know (except for the second one), but I thought they'd still be worth at least mentioning, since they feature oboe. McCandless doesn't play strict, mainstream jazz, but I still find his improvisations to be very interesting. Though if he doesn't fit the thread, I won't mention him here.

    Anyone care to comment on the English horn clip I posted on the previous page?
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    English Horn
    Very interesting - it sounds like a great jazz instrument to me.
    But then I really like the sound of the french Horn (especially as it was played by John Graas of West coast Jazz fame).

    Has anyone heard of Flugel horn in a Jazz context?

    Cheers John
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXAPz...yer_detailpage

    I think I have sussed the link business

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    To answer my own question about the Flugel horn, here is a comment from the Wiki page. (The blue bits are not links)

    Joe Bishop, as a member of the Woody Herman band in 1936, was one of the earliest jazz musicians to make use of the flugelhorn. Shorty Rogers and Kenny Baker began playing it in the early fifties, and Clark Terry used it with Duke Ellington's orchestra in the middle fifties. Chet Baker recorded several albums on the instrument in the 1950s and 1960s. Miles Davis helped further to popularize the instrument in jazz on the albums Miles Ahead and Sketches of Spain, both of which were arranged by Gil Evans, although he did not use it much on later projects. Other prominent jazz flugelhorn players include Chris Alexander, Mike Metheny, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Art Farmer, Roy Hargrove, Hugh Masekela, Tony Guerrero, Jimmy Owens, Maynard Ferguson, Terumasa Hino, Woody Shaw, Guido Basso, Kenny Wheeler, Tom Harrell, Bill Coleman, Thad Jones, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Loughnane of the rock band Chicago, and Harry Beckett. Most jazz flugelhorn players use the instrument as an auxiliary to the trumpet, but in the 1970s Chuck Mangione gave up playing the trumpet and concentrated on the flugelhorn alone, notably on "Feels So Good". Mangione, in an interview during an Olympic Games telecast on ABC, for which he had written the theme "Give it All You Got," referred to the flugelhorn as "the 'right' baseball glove."

    Cheers John

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8w5ob...yer_detailpage

    Here is a link
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    John, this is a late reply but as I understand it the Flugelhorn was mainly a Jazz and Brass Band instrument, I can't recall the musician but someone made a name for themselves in the 50s on this instrument. as for Bag Pipes heaven save us from that cacophony I do recall in one of the 'Last night of the proms' the pipes were played and copious amounts of Whisky were passed around the orchestra I think the piece was called 'An Orkney Wedding' I may have got that wrong. but please leave the pipes to the Scots and the Sheep and Cattle.
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    Colin, regarding the Flugelhorn musicians, were you perhaps thinking of Dizzy Gillespie and/or Clark Terry?
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    Steve, yes it would have been Gillespie, I must admit that from memory I was not blown over by the sound of the Flugelhorn and can see why it never became popular, just a gimmick me thinks.
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    As I have said guys, I dont try to assess the merit of the unusual instruments that have been used by jazz musicians, just drawing them to your attention.

    At least some response is being aroused (my main objective)

    Cheers John

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    I've heard an accordion on some Duke Ellington tracks, assume it was the Duke himself as there was no piano.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OLDUDE View Post
    I think that in this thread, my object is to point out the unusual instruments which have been utilised within the Jazz genre . (Not particularly whether they merit such inclusion)
    Quote Originally Posted by OLDUDE View Post
    As I have said guys, I dont try to assess the merit of the unusual instruments that have been used by jazz musicians, just drawing them to your attention.

    At least some response is being aroused (my main objective)

    Cheers John
    Does that mean you would rather we just mention the instrument and not make any comments about who played them and what we think of them?
    if so it's not going to be very interesting

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    Excellent point, Colin and fairly and well put.
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    unusual instruments

    Quote Originally Posted by OLDUDE View Post
    I was discussing the French Horn as a jazz instrument and Mat suggested I start a new thread about unusual jazz instruments.
    Well here goes.
    I will start things going by giving a short spiel on what I consider to be an
    unusual musical instrument to be used in Jazz. I would hope for some lively discussion and eventually myself or anyone else will present another (different) instrument to fit the pattern and so on.
    Ok lets give it a try!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hi Colin,
    Checking back to the opening thread you will see that lively discussion was always a major objective.

    Cheers John

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