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Thanks David (and Hi Marsha wherever you are) for this tribute to my pal and musical buddy Don. I too studied under Don's father and later under Daniel Lewis at Helix High (some years later Daniel Louis became conductor of the USC Symphony). We were exposed to classical music during the day and jazz at night. From 1952-55 (when I graduated) we had a Friday night gig at the La Mesa Youth Center during summer break. It was great fun and a wonderful experience to play with such talented musicians. I've read on some other web sites that Don's playing was very good but that there were a lot of good players during those years... Well, I beg to differ. Granted that the All Members album failed to show Don in his best form due in large part to poor audio balance which failed to emphasize Don's horn. Don't forget that a really great performance does not have to be recorded in order to profoundly influence those listening. I know that Don Sleet was a great and influential creative musician. ROCK-ON!
Toggle Commented May 11, 2011 on "My Brother, Don Sleet" at JazzWax
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