Ethan Iverson “do the math” on tenors

Recently Oliver Lake tweeted “happy birthday” to Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis. I responded, “If I played tenor, I’d spend all my time not with TraneSonnyWayne but Lockjaw, Byas, Gonsalves, A. Cobb, G. Ammons, B.Webster, Lucky T.”

Several people took this to mean I was open to all kinds of tenor alternatives. Which I am! (Like Getz, Warne Marsh, Booker Ervin, etc. etc. etc.) But everyone on my initial list had something burly and breathy in their sound, a kind of smoky mystery which seems to have mostly left the planet — with the exception of Houston Person, a living great who I should have mentioned in the first place.

If Ethan Iverson did nothing but write his blog he could probably still win a MacArthur Foundation grant. I will have to ask him some time about his Don Herron link, other than I know EI is a big Dashiell Hammett fan. (“Red Harvest” especially, he told me once).  Don Herron gives walking tours of SF and writes the literary guidebook to SF.

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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