Soliloquy For CT

We received this from Rich Pulin:

September 9, 2010

I have the honor and pleasure to share “Soliloquy For CT” with you! I am privileged to have composed and arranged a tribute to a dear longtime friend, mentor, colleague, and Godfather to my son Yasha, Clark Terry!

My initial introduction to CT took place mid-summer 1960 when well-known Kenton lead-trumpeter Dalton Smith recommended me to legend Nat Pierce who immediately and personally brought me to a Charlie Barnett rehearsal and pointed to a vacant chair in the trombone section. I had not reached my 19th birthday! After the rehearsal, everyone split besides myself and one trumpet  player. I went up to this guy and somewhat reservedly inquired how he did on the music and if he got the job – that guy was  40 year-old Clark Terry; already an icon from stays on Basie, Duke, and the Barnett bands. After a good chuckle, he put his arm around me and welcomed me to ‘the apple’. He said we’d play again soon!

Soon, in this case, became the spring of 1967, when Clark invited me to play lead trombone in a big-band that he, Phil Woods and Melba Liston were putting together for a gig in June at the Half Note! Nat was on piano joined by Grady Tate and Ron Carter in the rhythm section; some additional bandmates of note from the Half Note gig were: Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Gene Quill, Randy Brecker, Jimmy Owens, and Burt Collins….

I did one later tour with CT and the big-band in 1974. Phil was still there and Ernie Wilkins was in the sax section (the book was loaded, fortunately, with his charts) and also the great Arnie Lawrence! My son Yasha, Clark’s Godson, was on that trip and got to room with Clark, sit next to him on the bus and count off (well sort of) one or two numbers, up on stage, every night!

The great LA studio trumpeter, Gary Grant is the soloist on “Soliloquy For CT” – he plays both the flugelhorn and trumpet. Clark is very pleased with this piece and has the kindest words of praise for Gary! Deservedly so!

I fully authorize JazzCorner to use this story, in part or whole… For those that may be interested, the mp3 of “Soliloquy For CT” can be heard, and is available as a 99 cent download, at: I intend on donating any funds received to the various aging jazz musician organizations currently in operation!

Thank You for much pleasure derived from your publication!

Kind Regards,

Rich Pulin
RP Music, BMI

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2 Responses to Soliloquy For CT

  1. Rich Pulin says:

    Thanks Tony!
    Those were great times
    and we were fortunate
    young musicians to have
    been in the company
    of GREATS, like CT!

  2. Yo Rich:
    Good going, and richly deserved.
    By the way, Dalton and I did a number of dates, as well as Latin gigs together.
    Nat Pierce was my room-mate on the Tony Pastor band in 1966.
    Dalton taught me some valuable things on the trumpet, which I credit him with in my book, “WARM-UP TO CONSISTENCY.”
    Nat gave me some wonderful arranging lessons while we were playing penny-ante poker.
    I’m going to give your track, “Soliloquy For CT” a listen.
    Be well.