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Steve Weiss Mallet Workshop


In the online meeting a week or so ago, David played a Red Norvo video and, when talking about it said, "I don't know why nobody has ever transcribed this solo.."

That was enough motivation for me. :)

To my ears, even though this was performed/recorded in 1960, it is an excellent example of the crossover point between ragtime and jazz. So much of what Red plays, from his low to the keyboard mallet technique to his linear construction, is reminiscent of the George Hamilton Green studies. Sometimes literally... check out measures 208-209.

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Neil S Thu, 07/30/2020 - 00:25

The solo definitely reminded me of a bit of Ragtime. Thanks for transcribing this, Randy!

rogersvibes Thu, 07/30/2020 - 01:30

It always amazes me how Norvo is able to look at the audience while he's playing. I guess it's easier when your hands are so close to the keyboard? I remember there was a conversation about this on the site a while back, something about stage presence. I have to say, it's not a strong suit of mine. It's an easy instrument to get lost in!

Randy_Sutin Thu, 07/30/2020 - 10:56

I shared this transcription with Jonathan Singer last night. He already had it; he had transcribed it several years ago. Makes sense. He is an absolute master of ragtime xylophone!



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