Video: Brew Moore, 1961


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Brew Moore
Many tenor saxophonists in the late 1940s and '50s played like Lester Young—once they figured out how to run alternate melody lines on the chord changes of standards and blues in the upper register. One of the San Francisco's foremost disciples of Young was Brew Moore. He was so enamored of Young, he held his saxophone off to the side just as Young did. But rather than mimic his mentor, he combined the Young approach with Charlie Parker's ferocity. Sadly, Moore was a heavy drinker.

Brew Moore died in Copenhagen in 1973.

Here's a video of Moore at the Blue Note in Paris in the summer of 1961, with Lou Bennet on organ, Jimmy Gourley on guitar and Kenny Clarke on drums. They played Zonky, Satin Doll and Broadway. A special thanks to Danilo Morandi in Switzerland for sending along the following two links...

Bonus: Here's jazz historian and author Dan Morgenstern speaking about Moore in 2017...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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