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Yes! Let's praise good people while they're still here.

I met him years ago when he was with Eberhard Weber. I thought he was one of the coolest folks I'd ever run across. Played his a$$ off! Turned out he was staying at the same hotel I was, we had a coffee and some blah blah the following day.

December 26, 2007 by "Marcus Johnson" from Ha'iku, Maui, USA @ TalkBass.com

Unfortunate we are here in Boston because we did not get to hear Charlie this summer....He was to re-unite w. Herb Pomeroy at the Ragatabar, but Herb canceled because he was too sick and later he passed in August...

December 26, 2007 by "Mark Carlsen" from Tewksbury, Massachusetts, USA @ TalkBass.com

My review of Charlie Mariano's Silver Blue has been posted to a great Charlie Mariano tribute site. I first learned of this site through David Valdez's blog and it's a long overdue tribute to one of the masters of modern music.

I've corresponded a bit with the man behind the website, Thomas Hoenish and he seems to be a very cool guy with a lot of cool stuff going on. Keep watching this site for more updates because it's one of the most worthwhile things on the web.

Keep blowin'.

November 23, 2007 by Owen Summers in his blog Observations From The Road Not Taken

All best wishes to a kind, generous man and superlative musician.

Happy Birthday, Charlie!

November 12, 2007 by "Ron Thorne" from Anchorage, Alaska, USA @ Jazzcorner's Speakeasy

warmest wishes to a great guy and a wonderful musician.

xoxo

valerie paul bishop

November 12, 2007 by "Valerie" from Santa Monica, CA, USA @ Jazzcorner's Speakeasy

Happy Birthday!Happy Birthday!!!!!

November 12, 2007 by Bill Barton from Pacific Northwest, USA @ Jazzcorner's Speakeasy

... Very best of wishes to you... and really I should be thanking you for caring and for noticing that my father hasn't been given the recognition he deserves. Thank you, Thomas, for seeing that!

November 3, 2007 by Cynthia Mariano

I'm ashamed to say that I've got only his Mirror Mirror LP. His playing on the Mingus Mingus.... recording is my all time favorite though. "Ashamed" because I started hearing him live around 1960. He came down here with Toshiko and Eddy Marshall, then I heard him play tenor one night with Kenton over on Ft. Bragg. Then I met him again at berklee. I'll have to rectify the situation.

October 28, 2007 by "MoGrubb" from Spring Lake, NC, USA @ Organissimo

I'll pitch in for at least one recommendation: 'Frontier Traffic' on Konnex where Mariano has support from Ali Haurand on bass and Daniel Humair on drums. A terrific session.

October 27, 2007 by "Tom K" from 729' E; 4714' N @ the Jazz Bulletin Board of All About Jazz

I'll pitch in for at least one recommendation: 'Frontier Traffic' on Konnex where Mariano has support from Ali Haurand on bass and Daniel Humair on drums. A terrific session.

October 25, 2007 by "brownie" from Paris, France @ Organissimo

... welcome here, Hepcat! Will check further on this Mariano discography. He is one of my favorite players.

October 25, 2007 by "brownie" from Paris, France @ Organissimo

This is an excellent resource. Thanks, hepcat 1950, for your work.

October 24, 2007 by Bill Barton from Pacific Northwest, USA @ Organissimo

I am, and always have been a BIG Charlie Mariano fan .... and that goes back a long time! (In the mid-fifties I was completely captivated by his Bethlehem albums, and his version of "Johnny One Note" is still one of my favorite alto cuts ...) Admittedly I am not always fond of his more adventurous "world music" efforts, but I just counted, and I have 28 Mariano CDs in my collection. This discography is very frustrating, because so few of his recent, more mainstream, efforts are available in the U.S. I guess I will have to shell out those depleted U.S. $$$ and buy through one of the European Amazon sites ....

If you have not heard his recent "Deep In A Dream," or "Not Quite A Ballad" albums, then you are missing out on some of the greatest, most intelligrant, and emotional alto saxophone sounds in the modern jazz world ... IMHO, of course ...

October 23, 2007 by "gartsj" from Houston, TX, USA @ Organissimo

For me he found his mature sound on the horn by the early '60s, when he recorded with Mingus. The earlier albums with Shelly Manne are great, but his characteristic tone wasn't all there yet, even less so on the earlier stuff I have on the Serge Chaloff Mosaic box. His Deep in a Dream is one of my favorite albums of recent years.

October 23, 2007 by "Pete C" @ Jazzcorner's Speakeasy

hepcat, thank you for your work on the site.

I hope to write a few more reviews of Charlie and others who are hard to find out about on this side of the pond in the future.

October 20, 2007 by "odsum25" from Austin, TX, USA @ Sax On The Web

Excellent site! Good job!!!!! Thank you.

October 20, 2007 by Bill Barton from Pacific Northwest, USA @ Jazzcorner's Speakeasy

i took the liberty of sending the site address to one of charlie's daughters who was very happy to have it. she will continue to visit it. thanks for the tribute to a very fine musician.

October 20, 2007 by "Valerie" from Santa Monica, CA, USA @ Jazzcorner's Speakeasy

Charlie Mariano certainly deserves all of the accolades he receives. Nice job!

I was privileged and proud to be in his presence in the early 60's in Boston. What a fine player and fine man!

October 20, 2007 by "Ron Thorne" from Anchorage, Alaska, USA @ Jazzcorner's Speakeasy

Great job! He's been a favorite of mine since I first heard The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady.

October 20, 2007 by "Squaredancecalling Steve" from Healdsburg, Sonoma County, California, USA @ Jazzcorner's Speakeasy

Well deserved indeed. Thanks!

October 19, 2007 by "Pete C" @ Jazzcorner's Speakeasy

I pulled out an old LP that I ahd bought at a used record store of him playing flute and bass flute on his redition of Summer of 42. I loved it, I didn't know he was such a good flute player. I loved his playing on Maynard Ferguson's "Screamin Blues." He has been an early influence in my playing.

October 16, 2007 by "michaelbaird" from Austin, TX, USA @ Sax On The Web

This might be of interest to some on this thread and hopefully gets some new guys to check out Charlie.

Charlie Mariano: Silver Blue

October 16, 2007 by "odsum25" from Austin, TX, USA @ Sax On The Web

Adagio is one of the most beautiful things ever. Some of those solos on that album are so perfect that you can't forget them and just keep wanting to put it on repeat. Charlie is a truly unique voice in this world and an absolutely captivating soloist.

For anyone who doesn't know Charlie's playing at all, do check him out. You won't be sorry. Listen to everything from him playing standards on Deep In A Dream, the Adagio album, Silver-Blue, his albums with The Karnataka College of Percussion and other Indian influenced things, stuff with Toshiko Akiyoshi, and of course on Mingus' Black Saint and The Sinner Lady. Many of his older albums are out of print and difficult to get, (even some of the newer Euro releases are hard to find in the US,) but search for them.

October 13, 2007 by "odsum25" from Austin, TX, USA @ Sax On The Web

A true genius who immerses himself in all types of music ...from bebop to classical to Carnatic music. One of the greatest saxophonists and musical spirits ever.

October 13, 2007 by "selmer" from UK @ Sax On The Web

One of the real giants of the alto. I am near obsessed with his two classical influenced recordings. "Adagio" and "Not Quite a Ballad". These can be ordered cheaply on line and are very much worth checking out.

October 13, 2007 by "Kritavi" from the Boston Area, USA @ Sax On The Web

Thanks to David Valdez who posted this link in his blog and I think it's definitely worth posting here as well.
A site dedicated to one of the greatest and most unique alto players ever. The only problem is that it gave me a bunch of new cd's I have to track down and import.!

October 10, 2007 by "odsum25" from Austin, TX, USA @ Sax On The Web

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