Ainda Dennis Sandole

O Francisco descobriu e enviou-me mais e muito interessante informação sobre Dennis Sandole, famoso professor de muitos e respeitados músicos entre os quais John Coltrane.
Trata-se da página web de Billy Newman, um dos seus ex-alunos onde podemos encontrar informação sobre métodos pedagógicos, sobre a personalidade do mestre e até exemplos audio. Há mesmo uma página dedicada exclusivamente ao professor Sandole.

Conta Billy Newman:

"Dennis Sandole was my teacher between 1988 and 1990. He taught Coltrane, Moody, Randy Brecker and Art Farmer amongst other luminaries. Quite an eccentric, he played the role of an old master rather comically. Musically he had a unique approach. Most of his lessons kept me continuously writing and arranging short melodies for guitar. Creating many composition cells that later could be used in a montage or cross-related and extended, was his approach. I've placed some of my small studies (recorded on a cheap tape recorder) on the Dennis Sandole page. He used uncommon materials such as exotic and pan-tonal scales. He passed away in 2000 at the age of 87. His system probably couldn't be completely codified but there is a huge quantity of musical "literature" floating around with his many students which I believe could be studied, organized and made useful to others. One thing which is gone forever is Dennis playing his lines haltingly on piano, opening your ears to an incredible array of contrasting musical gestures. There was a progression of musical devices that all students received in an organized way over the years of study. There exist students who were with him for over 20 years. Some who mainly privately vented their musical passions in small suburbs close to Trenton and Philly. "


psitrek disse…
Mais uma historia contada pelo Sr. Pat Martino no All About Jazz Forum:

Pat Martino:
Aside from contact on this particular forum, a student just asked me a question that I find interesting to share. In fact, I'm often asked that same question from many others.

The question was: "Did you study with Dennis Sandole?"

My answer was: "No I didn't study with him, ....... I studied Him".

I've always found it difficult to become something I'm not. At the age of 14 I was brought to Dennis Sandole, hopefully as one of his new students.

I immediately found him to be abstract compared to my experience at that time. One of the first things I interestingly noticed was his penmanship. It was similar to that of a physician writing a prescription. There were a number of other types of his odd personality that I was sensitive to as well. The depth of his voice, his artistic stature, the decor of his studio, including copies of van Gogh, as well as Toulouse-Lautrec, one of which I remember clearly in my minds eye.

The upright piano to my left, (as I sat before him) while to my right, over in the corner was an old guitar. On the piano, to the right of its keyboard sat a small glass, where at the end of your lesson you were to place $25.00 beneath it.

Along with what's been described so far, it's important to understand how difficult it was for me to study music as a craft. The scales, the modes, the 7 clefs, sight singing, sight reading, etc. I already had a personal ecstasy with the instrument that seemed to demand protection from guidance into other exits, as well as other opinions. I think that's one of the reasons why it was much more rewarding for me to study the individual, and not his profession.

Most of all, I often think about Dennis. Sometimes I even feel his presence.

I love you Dennis, and I miss you!


( se acederem ao forum podem encontrar nas paginas que se precedem material que o próprio Pat Martino colocou sobre a maneira de ele pensar... "12 point star")

PM:I’ve always had an interest in geometric shapes, and their unfolding expansions. A good example can be viewed as the Point to the Line, to the Plane, to the Cube, to the Tesseract, (Hyper-cube) etc.:
I enjoyed the overlay of one form upon another, like the following examples, and even used them at times meditatively like mandalas :

It may be due to these interests how forms of this nature began to emerge in my own personal analysis of music theory, philosophy, sacred geometry, and other forms of learning.
Vale a pena dar uma vista de olhos, nem que seja para ficar com um nó na cabeça e ficar com insónias durante uns tempos...

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bernardo disse…
sugestao para tema combo

eheheh. é juntar mais dois saxs
Tiago disse…
Grande tema! tal como estes..