Re: Jon Hendricks lyrics

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Posted by Jon Hendricks ( on February 03, 2003 at 14:09:17:

In Reply to: Jon Hendricks lyrics posted by Phil on August 28, 2002 at 00:25:57:

: There's a late 50's recording of Jon with a hip big band doing a tune called "New York" (I believe). Its actually kind of the very first rap album with Jon reciting some great poetry. ANYWAY... for all of you who want written out lyrics, there's a line that goes something like..."It's not about huggin' and kissin' just one word..LISTEN." Use your ears, play it 400 times if you need to, write it down yourself if you have to. This is jazz not western classical duplicated notation. Learn it, yes, but better learn from it and make it yours. Just my opinion.

Dear Phil,

The early "rap record" you refer to is Geogre Russell's "New York, New York" on which I recite a poem to that great city. It was recorded in 1955 and had such then-unknown musicians on it as Art Farmer and Doc Severinson in the trumpet section, Bob Brookmeyer and Jimmy Cleveland in the trombone section, John Coltrane and Benny Golson on tenor saxophones, Gene Quill and Phil Woods on alto saxophones, Max Roach and Charlie Persip on drums, Charles Mingus and Milt Hinton on bass, and George Russell and Bill Evans, piano.

Jon Hendricks

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