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Author:  DrPhill [ Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:16 am ]
Post subject:  Jambalaya

I was recently reminded of Jambalay by The Carpenters.

The flute produces a lovely lively solo (about 1:10) - has anyone here managed that on a whistle? Is it even possible?

Author:  piperjoe [ Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Jambalaya

DrPhill wrote:
I was recently reminded of Jambalay by The Carpenters.

The flute produces a lovely lively solo (about 1:10) - has anyone here managed that on a whistle? Is it even possible?


The flutist is Bob Messenger...great bassist (!) and tenor player too! Not to mention all round good-guy. :thumbsup:

Piper Joe

Author:  Blower [ Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Jambalaya

piperjoe wrote:
DrPhill wrote:
I was recently reminded of Jambalay by The Carpenters.

The flute produces a lovely lively solo (about 1:10) - has anyone here managed that on a whistle? Is it even possible?


The flutist is Bob Messenger...great bassist (!) and tenor player too! Not to mention all round good-guy. :thumbsup:

Piper Joe


I'm having trouble believing that the tune he's fingering is the same as the one he's playing!

Author:  Nanohedron [ Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Jambalaya

Blower wrote:
I'm having trouble believing that the tune he's fingering is the same as the one he's playing!

Good eye, because it ain't. It's an over-dub. I didn't bother reading the fingers (and Boehm fingering makes it even more difficult for me), so I can't tell you what he IS playing, but look closely enough and you can tell there's no relationship whatsoever between what you hear and what you see.

DrPhill wrote:
- has anyone here managed that on a whistle? Is it even possible?

You'd have to have mad skillz at half-holing. I've known a couple of pretty amazing whistlers who could probably do it with a little woodshedding, so practice up!

Author:  DrPhill [ Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:36 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Jambalaya

Nanohedron wrote:
You'd have to have mad skillz at half-holing. I've known a couple of pretty amazing whistlers who could probably do it with a little woodshedding, so practice up!

Thanks for confirming the difficulty.... I will save that one for a winter day when I have the house to myself......

Author:  augurforever [ Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:12 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Jambalaya

Not a big deal - G major, i hear just one F before F# - easy to play with half hole - and high E,D, and C#, should be no problem with a good whistle

Author:  GeneClarke [ Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Jambalaya

If my memory serves correctly, a transcription of the solo appeared in Down Beat magazine not long after the album came out. Also, it seems like Tom Scott played the solo on the recording - on an E-flat soprano (Boehm) flute. There was a sort of fad among West Coast studio musicians for the E-flat flute back in the 1970’s.

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