Morning Song – My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
“There is no greater sound on earth, than Joe Temperley on a horn.”
That statement by Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra bandleader Wynton Marsalis is surprising for a couple of reasons: 1) Temperley played baritone saxophone, not the most elegant of instruments. 2) There aren’t many jazz greats who’ve come out of Cowdenbeath and Lochgelly.
But it’s not just Marsalis’ opinion. Bandleaders as great and varied as Tommy Sampson, Humphrey Lyttleton, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson and Thad Jones loved Temperley’s velvety tone, smooth improvisational skill, and ability to anchor a reeds section.
Despite decades as a New York City jazzman (he died there earlier this year), Temperley never lost touch with his Scottish roots. From the 1991 album Nightingale, here’s his sweet and haunting solo rendition of Robert Burns’ “My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose”.