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PostSubject: Major Holley   Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:58 pm

Couple weeks ago I ran across a Major Holley CD.  I knew who he was, but had nothing by him.  He was an upright bass player known for humming along, or scat-singing along with his bass.  His guttural singing sounds almost like he’s playing his bass through a distortion pedal.  Unique sound.

Or so I thought.  In reading up on him, in the liner notes and online, I discovered that he stole (or borrowed) this technique from Slam Stewart, another bass player only slightly older than him.

And they’d actually done a series of albums together.  I guess they encouraged each other, and were good friends.

Downloaded a collaboration album, ordered another from Germany, and downloaded a Slam Stewart album.  Wow, great stuff.

Other musicians have sung along with their playing, and it’s generally considered an affectation to be avoided: Pat Metheny.  Keith Jarrett.  Jeremy Steig.  Ian Anderson.  Jack Nicholson’s sister in “Five Easy Pieces.”
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PostSubject: Re: Major Holley   Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:37 am

Holley appears prominently in Quincy Jones’ “Gula Matari.” I’d forgotten that.
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