Posted by Richard Murrow on August 11, 1999 at 23:33:23:
In Reply to: Re: Ray Draper posted by Christopher on August 11, 1999 at 12:09:30:
I think you need to put everything into perspective. Ray Draper did not have the models for modern jazz tuba playing that players today have. Although, Don Butterfield had already done an album with Clark Terry by this time, Ray Draper was still a pioneer. Also, keep in mind that it takes a lot of guts to put your musical thoughts down on tape and release it so everyone can listen, critique, and rip it apart. While you may not like certain aspects of his playing, he's stating his musical opinion. It's his voice, it's subjective, and just because you don't like it or maybe don't understand it right now, you might hear something different in it in ten or fifteen years. You might also see the value in being a pioneer with the vision to try to put the tuba in the front of the ensemble rather than being an accompaniment voice. He and Don Butterfield paved the way for others to do similiar things. Maybe you could try to come up with some creative ways to promote the tuba while you're listening to Ray Draper at your party. Just a thought. Keep in touch Steve!