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Yesterday one of my music heroes died !!! Don Van Vliet, better-known as Captain Beefheart, has died from multiple sclerosis in California, aged 69. He leaves behind his wife of more than 40 years.
The first time when I heard of him was in Osaka,Japan in 1976 when my French buddy had a cassette of Trout Mask Replica which was released in 1969 on Frank Zappa’s newly formed Straight Records label. Some time later, when I toured California for the first time I bought the album in LA, which I gave as a present to my Japanese girlfriend. Listening to Capatain Beefheart in Japan was like a foreigner eating umeboshi for the first time. It was satori!!!
Yea Big + Kid Static (courtesy of Stefen Robinson)
For a couple of weeks I have been contacting all kinds of websites and blogs to exchange links. One of them was Just-Aesthetics which is run by Stefen Robinson. Through the process of exchanging links we got to know each other. I found out that he, like me, is a musician, a human being aware of life in general and of the people around him. He isn’t afraid to take over responsibilities and wants to be a positive force for his community. Inshallah!
Here is a YouTube video of an audio recording of the Ornette Coleman Quartet (with Dewey Redman on tenor, Charlie Haden on bass and Ed Blackwell on drums), recorded in Belgrade, November 2, 1971. They are playing the song Who do you work for?
Unfortunately this is just an audio recording. But the music is so strong that you can imagine the players.
I love Dewey Redman‘s sax playing. And it is a shame I have never had the chance to see him playing live. He is exceptional. And he has a great tone. Nobody sounds like him. No other tenor player could take his place in Ornette’s band. After more than ten months rehearsing with Ornette I started to understand why.