When Saindon Met Locke

Toward the end of last summer, vibraphonist Ed Saindon sent a message alerting me to video of a duo concert he and fellow vibist Joe Locke had just played at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Saindon has been a professor at Berklee since 1975. I made a mental note to post one of their collaborations. As mental notes have a way of doing, it sank into the murky depths, where it lurked until it found its way to the surface this morning. So, belatedly, here are Saindon and Locke. They play “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams.” Harry Barris, one of Bing Crosby’s partners in The Rhythm Boys, wrote the song in 1931. Crosby’s record of it was a hit. Over the years, it has been a favorite of jazz musicians, with many recordings including splendid ones by Hampton Hawes with Harold Land and Bill Evans with Freddie Hubbard. As Locke and Saindon demonstrate, the bridge section has hidden little challenges that make the piece great fun to play. Locke is on the left.

To see and hear more from Saindon’s and Locke’s encounter, go here.

As for Harry Barris, he also wrote “I Surrender Dear” and “Mississippi Mud,” among a handful of other less well-known songs. When they were all still alive, I had a fantasy of making a record by Harry Barris, Barry Harris, Clark Terry, Terry Clarke, George Russell and Russell George.

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  1. says

    Thanks for posting one of my all time favorite jazz melodies, Doug. — In this case I can even bear to listen to two vibraharps 😉

    The renditions you’ve mentioned, including Bing’s of course, are timeless, and it’s always a great joy to listen to them; especially to the very slow one by Harold Land.

    Here are two other wonderful versions of “Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams” which shall warm your heart in these freezing times:



    As for your dream band, there would be four other members who are bearing almost the very same name:

    Kenny Clarke & Kenny Clare, Bill Evans & Bill Evans :)

    It would be great to imagine how MCs “Symphony Sid” Torin, Ernie “Bubbles” Whitman, or William Crayton “Pee Wee” Marquette would stumble through all those similar names.

    • Doug Ramsey says

      My attempts to determine whether Marquette is alive have yielded no information. The last I knew of him or her (that has never been completely clear), he or she was working in the 1960s as a sidewalk barker in front of the Hawaii Kai, a night club up Broadway from Birdland. For a bit of background on Marquette, see this Rifftides post from six years ago today. Time flies.