Everybody Digs Jimmy
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I have to tell you how important your dad’s playing was for me. There were really only a handful of guys who really got me like that – really just Wes, Jim Hall, Kenny Burrell and later Billy Bean – but when I heard your dad on those Stan Getz records, it was so far beyond what almost anyone had been doing around him. he was such an incredibly beautiful player. i never had the chance to meet him, and that is something i really regret.
Now, Jimmy Raney is just the opposite of Tal Farlow. It seems like they have the same ideas, the same changes, the same type runs, the same kind of feeling, but Jimmy Raney is so smooth he does it without a mistake, a real soft touch, it’s the touch he’s got.
I was extremely fond of Jimmy Raney. Of course there was Joe Pass, Tal Farlow and Barney Kessel. My dad bought lots of records to expose me to all this great music. Joe Pass’ album Catch Me was mind boggling. But there was something about Jimmy Raney’s sound that I loved. My favorite was a recording called Jimmy Raney In Three Attitudes which I lost during my move from England. I’m still trying to find the recording. He played a tune called “So In Love” and his solo is absolutely amazing.
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