Re: Ben Webster's phrasing

There's an old story about one of the classic big-toned saxists coming off
stage at the old Newport Jazz Festival muttering unhappily to himself. Might
well have been Big Ben. Asked why he was unhappy because his solo was, after
all, as beautiful as usual, he replied, "Forgot the lyric."
IMHO, if you keep the lyric in mind and think like a jazz vocalist, phrasing
across bar lines, falling (with control) behind the beat and then coming
back to the downbeat, rephrasing the lyric to more closely follow normal
speech patterns (I'm thinking here of show/movie "standard's more than
straight blues), etc, etc. you will greatly enrich your solos.
Harmonica Blu

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