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Kevin Dean - The Hammond Organ

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From 'Trumpet Impressions' - The trumpet is perhaps the most romanticized of 20th century instruments. At once declarative and personal, the horn in the hands of an artist like Miles Davis or Chet Baker is an emotional cipher; drawing truth from the depths of human spirit, painting spacious ideas from a soaked palette of edgy, dark color.Montreal trumpet legend Kevin Dean tells the ironic story of how he came to play the Hammond organ... by accident!

After months of struggling with his embouchure, Dean made the leap to the B3 organ, eventually performing and recording on his new instrument. Remarked Dean, "This is what [eventually] happens to trumpet players as they start to get old... they just loose it".

Years later, an unwitting discovery: a hole in his trumpet had caused all the problems...

Directed by Randy Cole.

Kevin Dean is professor, and a founding faculty member of the Jazz program at McGill University's Schulich School of Music

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