I’ve been listening to a bunch of different versions of “Blues Up & Down” lately. I love hearing two distinct tenor saxophone players going at it. Some people like to refer to this as a “battle”. They like to talk afterwards about who “won”. To me, those type of people need to grow up. Music is about relationships and communication. If you think it is a battle, war or test of whose the best then please don’t come near me on the bandstand! Here is a video of two guys who get it. It is obvious to me that they both respect each other. They are not trying to out play each other or show the other person up……….it’s just about the music. Expressing themselves in the moment! They are both monster players but what is the coolest for me is watching Frank Wess’s face as Scott Robinson solos. He’s loving it. He’s not thinking about himself, he’s not thinking about who won or whose the best. He’s totally absorbed in the moment and all that he’s thinking of is the music. Frank and Scott seem to be working as a team and enjoying each others company. I loved watching and listening to this. I hope you do also.