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Saxophone/"Hora Decubitus" by Charles Mingus


uncle duke wrote at 2014-04-08 15:48:23
If Mr. Koeller will allow- How can you compare Mingus to Ellington? The 1st thing that comes to mind is the bass line Mingus is laying down. It's got the vibe of the "50's". It's good. The drummer is doing his job too. IMO, after the first few opening measures of Hora, a piano should of been playing there instead of a sax. Ellington was a composer on the piano. Mingus was a composer on the bass, I'm assuming. That has to be a difference of day vs night. I get the feeling from one of the sax players that the money wasn't there or he wasn't with the group long enough to make what he played better. What I mean by that is that he may of laid down all the right notes but to me they sounded they were played at the wrong times. More time with the group or more time spent at the piano figuring patterns/things out would of had better results. If you can start with the opening measures like they were recorded and then add a piano instead of sax that would be better.  Here's what your instructor and yourself could do in the future if time allows.  After the piano is done with the main riff/notes at the beginning start at about the 4:00 minute mark on the youtube video again with the piano. With just the bass, drums and piano playing up to solo time the first solo could be the trumpet[his playing was better} or a sax. Then a piano solo, then at the end of the song all three could solo. The trombone and bari-sax were unneccessary for this tune. Too cluttered. If you guys, or Herb Hancock even, rewrite the song just call it a "Variation of Mingus" and keep for future use. I'm sorry if I insulted any of the players that were with Mingus any because I realize they influenced a lot of other players too.

Here's an example of a "torrent" while soloing. When it's solo time {your turn}, after a few measures of piddling around put together a scaler run of about 20-30 notes. Play them with confidence, do some more piddling around and add another scaler run. Then, always make sure your last notes of the torrent runs are good. That's what everyone will remember the most, the last few notes. The best results would be on a tenor sax.  


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Grant R. Koeller


I'm a Professional Jazz Saxophone soloist recently retired from 23 years with the USAF Band Of Flight, WPAFB, OHIO, experienced in performance, technique and equipment. I'm not a buyer/seller or dealer. I have 40 years Alto, Tenor, Soprano and Bari Saxophone performance experience with additional years on the Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Piano, Drum-set, Guitar and Voice. I'm a third generation professional military musician, my father, Bill Koeller(1939-1997) was in the USAF 1958-1962, and played Jazz Hammond B-3 organ from 1957-1997, and my fathers Uncle, Alfred Koeller (1912-1993), was a professional Acoustic Bassist in the Army Air Corps in WWII, and also performed on Jazz Guitar, Hammond organ, Piano and tenor saxophone.


Professional Saxophone Soloist, 23 total years with the USAF Bands, 6 years with the USAF Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, performing on Tenor, Alto, Soprano, Clarinet, and Flute. 4 years in Japan, at Yokota AFB with the USAF Band of the Pacific. An Avid Composer and Arranger for the Night Hawk Protocol Combo. Former Lead Alto Saxophonist with the USAF Night Flight Big Band performing the music of Glenn Miller as well as other hits of the Big Band Era. I collect LP records of Jazz, blue's, classical and rock, and have over 12,000 records.

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Paul Shartle Musician of the Quarter Spring 2008; Glenn Miller Festival, Clarinda, Iowa featured soloist; McDonald's All-American Band and Jazz Ensemble 1979; US Collegiate Wind Bands,Paul Lavalle Conductor, tour of Europe,1980; John Phillip Sousa Award, 1980 Dimond HS Anchorage, Alaska; USAF National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; USAF Achievement Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters; USAF Good Conduct Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters

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