I never cared much for scat singing … always figured maybe the singer just forgot the words. Then I heard this amazing scat and drum solo from 1979, when Mel and Buddy appeared on the Merv Griffin Show. Mel made a believer out of me. Give these two legends a big “Amen!”
In music, a riff is an ostinato … a chord progression, pattern or melody that is repeated over and over again. When pianist, composer Stan Kenton stands in front of his orchestra, a riff is a wall of creative sound that stirs your musical soul from your head right down to your tappin’ toes!
Joe Pass was an American musician of Sicilian descent … arguably one of the greatest jazz guitarists of the 20th century. Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (often called NHOP) was a Danish upright bassist/composer known as The Great Dane with the Never-Ending Name. Together they speak fluent jazz!