[rollei_list] Re: Verichrome

Sanders, that wasn't just any student Sax, but one of the very famous
Grafton saxes. From Wikipedia:

"The most notable player of a Grafton saxophone was Charlie Parker.
While in Toronto, Charlie Parker and “the quintet” were scheduled to
perform at Massey Hall, but Parker had pawned his saxophone - some
sources say to buy heroin. A sales representative for Grafton (or the
owner of the company, depending upon from whom one receives the story)
asked Parker to use a Grafton for a Massey Hall gig in May 1953.
Although Parker was under exclusive contract to use only one type of
saxophone whilst gigging in the United States, outside the U.S.A. he
was free to use any sax he wished, including this Grafton. The
recording of Parker (credited as Charlie Chan due to contract issues)
can be heard on the CD "Jazz at Massey Hall" with Bud Powell, Dizzy
Gillespie, Charles Mingus and Max Roach. The Grafton saxophone that
Parker used (serial number 10265) was sold at the Christie's auction
house in London in September 1994 for £93,500 sterling, though this
was because of its association with a famous jazz musician rather than
the instrument itself having any special merit. The buyer was the
American Jazz Museum, located in Parker's home town of Kansas City,
Missouri."

I love that record, too. I had in on vinyl, but I loaned it out and
never got it back...


Eric Goldstein



On Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 4:02 PM,  <sanders@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>  Eric, thanks for the kind words.  One of my favorite jazz LPs was called
> Jazz at Massey Hall -- it was out of print for ages but can be found now.
> A Canadian jazz society had voted Charlie Parker, Max Roach, Mingus,
> Bud Powell and Dizzy Gillespie the greatest jazz musicians of the day,
> and arranged for a concert starring all five in Toronto.  Parker (who is
> credited on the LP as "Charlie Chan" because his record label forbade
> his appearance) forgot his horn and showed up with a white plastic
> student alto sax.
>
> http://pics.livejournal.com/chillldren/pic/000200s3
>
> Listen to the disc, and try to say how Bird's performance would have
> been improved by a "better" horn.
>
>
> From: Eric Goldstein <egoldste@xxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2011 08:30:39 -0400
> Subject: [rollei_list] Re: Verichrome
>
> My father shot this very same camera and Verichrome Pan when I was a kid,
> and he did so with similar talent and effect. I am grateful to have learned
> the lesson early in my life that the camera is not what counts...
> accordingly I always spent modestly on hardware but did try to shoot as much
> film as I could afford.
> I think a large part of what my father and Sanders are able to do is build
> comfort, trust and a relationship with the subjects they shoot, and it shows
> in the images. Of course, I am not just referring to Melanie, Sanders ;-)
>
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