[Harp-L] Re: Toots preference for Eb & Bb

Toots told Mariam McPartland on her radio show, "Piano Jazz" that his favorite key on chromatic was A. He said it's very soulful.

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I went through my Warner Bros real books last night, after this subject came up. Jazz, & Standards. Eb position veritably DRIPS off of a chromo. So there's no reason not to use a C for Eb..And almost as good for Bb.. But early in his career, Toots was doing a simplified version of what I still do. Sure, he only used 1 other harp, and I use 4, but it's the same thing.

On Mar 14, 2012, at 5:40 AM, Steve Baker wrote:

I assume Toots likes those keys because he's a jazz musician who was massively influenced by (and worked with) sax players. Many jazz tunes are written in those keys as they lay out well on the sax.

Steve Baker

Take Care Mike www.harmonicarepair.net

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