Sam Most Dies

Some sad news today:

Sam Most, bebop’s pre-eminent flute player as well as one of the first ones, died Thursday morning. He was 82 years old.

First gaining notice in the mid 1950s beginning with his single “Undercurrent Blues,” Most was also among the first to sing through his flute. Herbie Mann, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Hubert Laws have all cited him as influential in their own renowned careers as flautists. Jazz historian Leonard Feather once stated that “Justice should demand that the history books document (Sam) Most’s role as the first truly creative Jazz Flutist.”

NAMM Oddities 2013

Barry Wood has updated his NAMM Oddities page from this year’s NAMM show. NAMM is a trade show that happens around the beginning of the year for music related items.

Some flute related items are here:

I’ll skip over the Polycarbonate crap and skip to what I thought was interesting, the gFlute. The gFlute seems to be made out of Grenaditte, which sounds like sorta the stuff they make the Greenline Buffet clarinets out of. Basically, sounds like it is some sort of wood and epoxy composite. Not to say that is a bad thing at all. A quick Google search of Grenaditte seems to result in rather positive reviews of the flutes. And they are priced fairly well compared to “real wood”, coming in at about $2K.

Maybe one day when I have money I’ll try a headjoint from them….

Launch Equity Acquires MakeMusic

Launch Equity Acquires MakeMusic:

Today, MakeMusic announced that Launch Equity will purchase the company.  You can read MakeMusic’s press release here.   Launch Equity proposed the buyout last July (July 15, 2012), with the intent of taking the company private and then investing money into the company for a new CEO as well as updating software (particularly Finale’s base code).

(Via Technology in Music Education)

This is great news considering Avid is falling off a cliff and the development team of Sibelius was sacked and have started a new project with Steinberg.

However, this did crop up. Seems everyone isn’t happy about this, all things jazz and flute!