June 27, 2006

Stevie Wonder on Sesame Street...

by Chris Randall

The trumpet player looks like my 9th grade English teacher. That's creepy. Otherwise, fly as it gets. I'd go so far as to say super fly. The vamp at the end is awesome. What a great performance. What I really like is how the drummer starts about 15 bpm slow, and Stevie draaaaaaaaaaaggggs him up to the right tempo before the first verse. Nice.

On a side note, that bass player is working hard. Holy fucking shit.



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Jun.27.2006 @ 3:02 PM
I'm sure they recorded more than one song while they had everything set up.

Jun.27.2006 @ 3:45 PM
"The trumpet player looks like my 9th grade English teacher."

No, he looks like my 6th grade music teacher, Mr. Kellogg.


Jun.27.2006 @ 7:12 PM
Seaseme Street that'a where I'll be bitches.....
Wherever that drummer is today, you know he is haunted by that slow start.

Jun.27.2006 @ 7:17 PM
there's a couple of good (for me) Sesame street musical moments on youtube that take me right back

the Grace Slick voiced 'ten spies' / racing cars counting animation
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or the classic pinball song, sung by the Pointer Sisters (apparently)
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it majorly influenced my musical development!


Jun.28.2006 @ 12:20 AM
penzoil washington
why don't we ever get a flash of that energy from him anymore or, to be precise, for the past 30 years? His SNL hosting appearance was also classic, as he is really a funny guy.

Jun.28.2006 @ 12:24 AM
penzoil washington
oh, and regarding clavinet, to me the only thing "ruined" about it is the funky wah-wah style, which is beyond played (especially since nobody ever came within a light year of stevie except herbie hancock), but those are really beautiful expressive instruments that have other applications, too. viva hohner!

Jun.28.2006 @ 6:19 AM
Yes! Not to mention the whammy-bar modded Clav that George Duke was playing! Amazing sound!

Jun.28.2006 @ 4:29 PM
bummer this was taken down. if anyone sees this pop anywhere else could they post a link please.

Jun.30.2006 @ 12:53 PM
Thanks for sharing that one. It doesn't get any better. That "high school teacher-looking" trumpet player is Steve Madeo, a monster player I worked with a few times back in the day (no, not *that* day... much later... come to think of it, I hope he's still around -- haven't seen him in a while, and there was a heart attack way back when it was way too early to have one...).

Jun.30.2006 @ 4:11 PM
Ya, talkbox, you can spot the hose in his mouth and the control beside his rig.
Of perticular note: What's up with the way too high cymbal the drummer doesnt use? My guess is that is was obscuring most of the drummer from the camera angles and so he just raised it up, but he never uses it b/c it's too high.

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