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Wednesday, April 6, 2016


I saw Branford tonight. The reaction of my companion: this music is more fun for the performers than for the audience. My reaction: there were a lot of scales played up and down, but the solos did not tell a story.

I enjoyed the concert, because the level of musicianship was super high. Yet I know why people don't like jazz. That story telling aspect is missing.


profacero said...

What is it about the Marsalises that leaves me cold?

Jonathan said...


Phaedrus said...

I never get the point listening to Winton and Branford.

This morning I heard a version of Merle Haggard's "Sing Me Back Home" by Keith Richards (accompanying himself on the piano). There is no virtuosity, but there are musical and lyrical points, beautifully made. Goose bumps.

The song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54PLkvWDpNA

BTW - I *love* your companion's remark, and hope to recycle it soon!