with Howard Johnson
by Dan Ouellette
The "Blindfold Test" is a listening test that challenges the featured artist to discuss and identify the music and musicians who performed on selected recordings. The artist is then asked to rate each tune using a 5-star system. No information about the recordings is given to the artist prior to the test.
* This Blindfold Test included selections from the
While Howard Johnson plays a number of different
instruments, ranging from pennywhistle to baritone saxophone, he's best known as a tuba
maestro. He got his first big break in 1964 with Charles Mingus and later went on to
enjoy a long musical association with Gil Evans.
HJ: "I'm totally mystified by who this is. It reminds me of those guys from Chicago, 8 Bold Souls with Aaron Dodd on tuba. But I can't zero in on who this might be. I like the piece even though I don't care for the multiphonics the tuba player plays at the beginning. But overall, I thought the piece hung together and was performed quite well. The tuba player's groove was really something. Tuba players today are learning that to play tuba bass they don't have to sound like a string bass. This guy definitely works the groove as a tuba thing."
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