Back in Detroit in the 90's, Doug Deming and I used to play together in a band backing up "Yard Dog Jones" - we went to Memphis for the IBC Challenge and won "New Blues Artist Release" Award, so it was great fun to reconnect with Doug after 25 years at a house party in Florida. Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones are the "real deal" when it comes to this style of music - how wonderful to play with a band that doesn't need VOLUME to groove!
Enjoy this short sample of the music we created just last Saturday night...
Stalwart - sometimes the patience is because I truly don't know what I'm going to play next (in advance) - unless it is a cover like "Whammer Jammer" or "Juke"....it takes a moment for an idea to occur to me....living "on the edge" in real time is pretty cool.
I learned a lot from studying how Miles Davis approached the art of real time improvisation - by listening to his solos and reading interviews in which he talks about improv.. ---------- The Iceman
99 - great observation - I totally enjoyed the sax player and during the evening, joined him on simple fills between vocals, did a little harmony fill with him, a bit o' call/response, etc. The whole band is full of real pros! ---------- The Iceman
Jason - I love it when musicians talk musician stuff with each other! It's the V turnaround that, I believe, is the least explored territory by most blues harmonica players - especially using all the notes available - played AS NOTES - available in the 2 and 3 hole inhales.
kudos to his sax player - we had fun locking in with sparse back up lines between vocal lines - at first unison, and then two part harmonies, but never getting in the way of vocals nor solos.