Collings Julian Lage Signature OM1 Guitar
This collaborative instrument by Bill Collings and Julian Lage is based on the brilliant young guitarist’s beloved 1939 Martin 000-18, in fascinatingly specific ways. The singular taper of the Martin’s neck, for instance, shaped by years of being played, is faithfully recreated via both technology and handcraftsmanship in the OM1. (The scale length has been expanded to a more robust and accurate 25 1/2 inches.) And the custom satin lacquer finish allows for rustic, classic looks and an airy tone.
Body & Soul: The Evolution of a Tenor Saxophone Standard
As we were assembling last issue’s “Essential Solos” feature, this fairly recent book from Jamey Aebersold Jazz caught our eye and then knocked us out. It’s a simple enough concept but one demanding painstaking work: Saxophonist Eric Allen offers transcriptions and analyses of “Body & Soul” improvisations by an A-team of tenormen, beginning with the musician who defined the tune in a jazz context, Coleman Hawkins, and continuing through Lester Young, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Michael Brecker and Chris Potter (who wrote the forward). Also included is a study of the “Cry Me a River” lick, a compilation of the differing chord changes used, a reproduction of the original 1930 sheet music and an informative introduction. Invaluable. Check the price on Amazon!