Gahlord Dewald :: 9/28/22 :: Kinston, North Carolina
I've just learned that the brilliant saxophonist, composer, and educator Dr. Brian Horton has suddenly passed away. I knew him and had the opportunity to play with him informally. I'll write more on this later but for now it's heartbreaking.
Ramsey Lewis has passed on. His album The In Crowd was the first jazz album I loved. Perhaps the first album of any sort that I loved. My dad had the record among the maybe one and a half feet of records he kept under the record player, all that he owned and as children we were strictly forbidden to touch the player or the records.
I learned how to carefully use the record player and since he didn't really ever use it I began listening to the records secretly when no one was home. Ramsey Lewis' album in particular caught my ear. The sound of the audience appreciating the music, the clinking of glassware, the mood of the room. All of this was so foreign to my experience of the world and exciting to hear.
Around the time I found this album I had begun playing bass. I think it was several years before I realized that Eldee Young had performed this on cello. Meanwhile it was on constant play on my little walkman as I trudged through snow on the way to junior high and back.