By Preston Love
Preston Love's resume reads like a who is Who of yank tune: member of the count number Basie Band in the course of its heyday within the 40s, studio musician in la, cohort of Jo Jones, Lester younger, Ray Charles, and Dizzy Gillespie, and back-up participant for Marvin Gaye, the enticements, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, and Stevie ask yourself. during this autobiography Love exhibits that, whereas the tune facilities of latest York, New Orleans, Chicago, and Kansas urban nurtured the improvement of these uniquely African American varieties, jazz and the Motown sound, major contributions have been additionally being made via territory bands tirelessly appearing in outposts like St. Cloud, Minnesota, Guthrie, Oklahoma, and Honey Creek, Iowa.It used to be within the latter city the place Love, a 15-year-old from the black ghetto of Omaha, made his musical debut. Captivated through the candy alto sax sounds of Earle Warren, Love took up the software and inside a decade used to be sitting in Warren's chair. yet Love's own odyssey is greater than a chronicle of unending bus rides, undesirable crowds in backwater golf equipment, and feast-or-famine funds continued en path to the head. In a particular and passionate voice he outlines major features of African American heritage: the imperative value of the kin in musical improvement, institutional racism in American pop culture, and the interracial nature of the song international. He additionally describes the expansion of the track undefined, in particular Motown, what he calls "the strong colossus from Detroit." Love's tale, instructed with uncanny reminiscence and unfailing honesty, presents an immense view into the occupation of a musician and the evolution of an enormous musical shape.
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During the last year or so that Dude was away, I shared a room with my brother Norman. By 1934, Norm was working full-time as a porter at the Omaha distributorship for MGM Pictures. That year, he paid one of the local jackleg carpenters to convert the rickety shed porch into a rather attractive bedroom. Norm's furniture was ornate by Mansion standards; his prize object was a studio couch that divided into two separate beds placed against opposite walls of the narrow part of the room. Radio was still quite a novelty and a status symbol in the impoverished black community of Omaha, but we had owned one at 1610 even before Dude left.
His "thing," his interest, was in playing parts or only taking an occasional ballad solo to highlight his pretty tone. Dad began to take interest in improvisation about thirty years ago and found that he had more talent for jazz and R&B improvisation than most ever dreamed. It is my feeling that Dad plays much better solos than many of his contemporaries who gained much more fame than him. Of course, many of them were overrated anyway. I am in Omaha, Denver, and Los Angeles often, and musician friends of mine rave over Dad's "tasty" and "fitting" solos that are also surprisingly "modern" for his advanced age.
Preston the Bandleader, Part 2 124 7. My Years with Motown 149 8. Basie Revisited 182 9. Perspectives 215 Index 259 Page vii Illustrations Preston Love, ten years old 3 Preston's sister Phylis Love 6 Mexie Love 11 Tommy "Dude" Love 14 Preston Love, high school graduation picture 18 Preston in Omaha, age twenty-one 20 Lucky Millinder's reed section at the Plantation Club, Watts, December 1944 27 Preston Love playing behind "Mr. , Santa Monica, California, 1952 99 Preston Love and Dennis Lyles, Denver, 1953 106 Marshall Royal, Preston Love, Betty Love, and Count Basie, Denver, 1953 129 Preston Love and His Orchestra, South Dakota State University, 1955 135 Stretch job #1, 1954 140 Johnny Otis and Preston Love, Los Angeles, 1962 154 Preston Love and Aretha Franklin, Los Angeles Forum, 1968 159 IRS Form 1099: Record of payment of work for Diana Ross and the Supremes 165 Preston Love and his string section, backing Aretha Franklin, 1968 168 Backing Marvin Gaye, Hollywood, 1967 170 Backing Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Los Angeles, 1967 176 Backing Tammi Terrell, Los Angeles, 1967 178 Page viii Preston Love and Count Basie, 1975 183 Preston Love, 1983 186 Jo Jones, Preston Love, and Michael De Silva, Paris, November 1983 190 Jam session at Meridien Hotel Jazz Club, 1983 199 Preston Love and his daughter Portia Love, Creighton University, May 9, 1992 205 The Preston Love Orchestra at the Bistro 208 Preston Love's son Norman Love 256 Page ix Foreword Norman Love Many of my dad's older musician friends have seemed reluctant to accept and realize his enormous contribution to first alto sax big-band playing since he first joined Count Basie on lead sax in 1943.