I've been thinking recently about a lot of the guys who really were/are masters and are underappreciated. Then again, who really is in the current music world. Amongst current guys, outside of the Birds/Tranes/Newks/Cannonballs/Lovanos/Potters/Redmans/Breckers/etc (you ge tthe picture) of the world there's not much. My whole point isn't to complain about the way things work in the music world- things are what they are and we can only continue to go out and make the music we want to make, the music we really feel. I just wanted to bring attention to some guys that are almost unheard of and even some guys who we all know, but still kind of get forgotten.
I'm thinking guys like Bob Rockwell- That a guy that has it really going on, but just don't get played. And how about Scott Hamilton? The guy seems to get no respect for whatever reason, probably because he "imitates" stuff that's already been done.
And even guys like Lee Konitz and George Coleman and Yusef Lateef...people never seem to talk about those guys anywhere near as much as they should.
Frank Lowe has been gone for a couple of years now, but that guy should be a legend. Then you have Carmen Leggio, playing restaurant gigs in Tarrytown and Peekskill. I've seen him a couple of times now and I've started to wonder how many people sitting around me have any clue who the old guy playing sax is.
The sad part is for every guy I mentioned there's probably hundreds of names even most players will never know. This thread probably doesn't serve much of a purpose, but I'd love to see everyone mention a few players they feel fall under this umbrella.