I like the sound of that! I think I need some time to think about that. Laughs infectiously. And sometimes I might change my mind as a result of eruption. I might continue with the way I think my life is going until I notice that I have changed my mind.
DICK HECKSTALL-SMITH discography and reviews
The British music scene of the early s was loose, creative and open; it accommodated jazz, blues and rock'n'roll, and produced originals such as Georgie Fame and John McLaughlin. Less celebrated, although just as musical, virtuosic, and, in his own way, influential, was the post-bebop saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith, a key member of the jazz-blues scene, who has died aged Heckstall-Smith understood the postwar ethos of modern jazz as cool, oblique, even obscure - and avoided it. A big, black-bespectacled man, often in a workman's cap, he blasted out tenor-sax epithets with legs planted wide apart like a weightlifter. Following Rahsaan Roland Kirk's example, he unleashed boneshaking chords, playing more than one sax simultaneously; while his proximity to amplified rock and blues rhythm sections meant that he subjected the melodically devious methods of his heroes, including Lester Young and Sonny Rollins, to a direct, fiercely punctuated approach.
Jon Hiseman’s Tribute to Dick Heckstall-Smith
Over the past year Jon and myself watched his noble efforts to win the battle against his illness, and to the end he was convinced that even if he were in a wheelchair, he would come back to playing and touring. His indomitable spirit made him special both as a person and as a player. He was the original blues saxophone player, and there was no-one to equal him.