Letter: More grunting greats

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Sir: Steve Voce's list of jazz grunters (Letters, 6 July) omitted possibly the most notable and loudest of them all - the pianist Erroll Garner. Yet another name in the roll of grunting honour should surely be that of the bass player Slam Stewart, who actually grunted in unison or harmony with the notes he played, without, I would argue, qualifying for the term 'humming'.

But for the real connoisseur of improvised, non-verbal, diaphragmatic noise in the jazz context, may I recommend the great trumpeter Clark Terry, in the persona of his occasional alter ego, 'Mr Mumbles'?

Yours faithfully,


London, NW2

6 July