Gail Winds and Six String Heat

When you think of Gail Williams, renowned Horn player with the Chicago Symphony, Summit Brass, Swiss Brass Week and numerous other accolades, words that come to my mind are sensitive, powerful, colorful and honest.  Having a career as long running and illustrious as Dr.Williams’ requires the ability to play with all the attributes listed above.

Gail Williams

Being a woman in a field comprised largely of male conquerors required patience, tenacity, grace and courage.  The result is a player of world class status who loves to perform and share her craft with the world in a very honest and uncompromising way.  She has been in the fiery furnace and emerged whole.One example of this is her performance of Kenneth Fuchs, “Canticle of The Sun”, presented with the Northwestern University Orchestra last year.  This selection highlights all the wheelhouse characteristics of the horn in fine fashion; great powerhouse calls and graceful, lyrical dances filled with sustained, beautiful melodies that require seemingly unending endurance.

If you are a fan of Gail Williams, the Horn or Kenneth Fuchs, you will be glad you took the opportunity to view this musical entre.

March 12013, 1971 marked the final days of Bill Graham’s productions of history making concerts at the Fillmore East in New York.  The Allman Brothers recorded their performance and created the album that ranks Number 49 among Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Fillmore EastThe last tune of the night was Elvin Bishops rendition of Drunken Hearted Boy with Duane & Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Jaimoe, Butch Trucks and Elvin Bishop on vocals, Steve Miller on piano and Bobby Caldwell on percussions as special guests.  Duane’s solo work school’s anyone who ever thought they were a master at playing slide guitar.  The searing, soaring lines played by SkyDog range from subtly sensitive to burn your face off white hot.

Every Allman Brothers fan will relish in both Duane and Dickey’s offerings in Drunken Hearted Boy.

For those of you who are looking to live the rock n’ roll life, Jaguar has a new vehicle to throw into the rock star mix of “have to have’s”.    After decades of languishing in the shadow of the all too successful E-Type, Jaguar has finally brought a worthy competitor to the derby.

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Where is my check book.

As always, play the music, not just the instrument.

If you have comments or questions, please feel free to send Phillip your thoughts below.  He will respond.


2 thoughts on “Gail Winds and Six String Heat

  1. I must say, as a lot as I enjoyed reading what you had to say, I couldnt help but lose interest after a while. Its as if you had a wonderful grasp to the subject matter, but you forgot to include your readers. Perhaps you should think about this from much more than one angle. Or maybe you shouldnt generalise so very much. Its better if you think about what others may have to say instead of just going for a gut reaction to the subject. Think about adjusting your very own believed process and giving others who may read this the benefit of the doubt.

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