When I got out of the Army I went on the road playing in rock bands and blues bands… I was trying to play the saxophone then I heard Edgar Winter play on his “Entrance” album… hell … he was playing things I could never play if I practiced 24 hours a day…. He was a big reason I became a repairman…. And once again the first time he came into the Sax Shop I was ecstatic.
Of course, not many people think of Edgar as a saxophonist… I think he is one of the best saxophonist I have ever heard… On the Entrance Album Jimmy’s Gospel is outrageous… the way he starts with the simple melody and keeps adding to it each time he plays it until he is playing higher and faster than most sax players can…. Edgar Winter legend!
I was setting in a club in Chicago many years ago listening to George Shearing… he was great…
The waitress was taking this guy to his table and he stepped on both of my feet… never said anything just walked all over my feet… well I was young and not always that bright, so I was about to get up and say something … when… Mr. Shearing said we have a great artist in the house tonight Ramsey Lewis… well needless-to-say, I have not been able to listen to his music since that foot stomping incident….
Rick Izumi’s Contra Bass Saxophone features:
The low B-Flat, B, C-Sharp and G-Sharp Keys: As you can see there is nothing fancy about these keys.
The G-Sharp is just a little round key. There are no rollers. no angles… just keys… There is also no articulated G-Sharp key… very basic.
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James Moody Jazz Legend
I met James through Francois Kloc when I worked at Buffet setting up the Buffet clarinets and Keilworth saxophones. James was a Keilworth artist, so when he would drop by I would check his sax…
He came to several times after I left Buffet and the last time he came in was just great. I worked on his sax and he started playing and showing me things he had learned that week. “Check out this pattern, look at how many way you can change it around” he would say then play them for me… it was great that a man who could just live on his reputation and just play his old stuff still wanted to learn new things. He was always one of my favorite players since my sister played me “Last Train from Overbrook”.
James had a special Cologne someone in New York made just for him and if he liked you he would put a little on you and tell you how good you smelled. He was an inspiration to me as a man besides being the great player.
He will always be remembered.
Clarinet Reg Key Cork: The clarinet register key cork need to be thin. I see many clarinets with a thick cork under the key. What that does is makes it hard to slide to the register key. The thinner the cork, the lower the key can be set and the easier to slide to the key when playing…
Original Sax Pads… I just took these white pads form a very old C-Melody saxophone. As you can see compared to a modern pad they lacked a little something.
No heavy paper backing. The glue just went straight to the felt.
No tone booster. Just a little thread in the center of the pad to hold it up. Modern pads have some sort of tone booster to hole them up in the pad cup.
Very little clue. You can see there is very little glue on the pads. The glue helps hold the seat of the pad.
Fixing other repairman’s work…
I have had a rash of players having some other repairman overhaul their instruments and then bring them to me to make play right. They pay the other guy a lot of money and want me to make it work for little to nothing. As of today if I need to straighten out some other repairman’s overhaul .. it will be at my overhaul price.
Why me? Like I have heard all my life never volunteer for anything. I never learn… I agreed to play the E-Flat Clarinet in my wind ensemble… Why can’t I learn?
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