Sunday, August 14, 2016

Cold Pizza

Wags like to suggest that even bad pizza is good.  The same can’t be said for jazz.  When jazz is bad, it’s really bad.  I attended a disturbingly uninspired performance last week.  Watching musicians bury their noses in sheet music during round after round of drab solos was excruciating.  At a time when the jazz scene is being enlivened by scores of inventive musicians, joyless facsimiles of Cannonball Adderley’s 1958 album Somethin’ Else are intolerable.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

1 comment:

Chris Hazelton said...

I heartily agree with you. If one takes themselves seriously about this music, then no gig should be treated as a "pick-up gig" anymore. Not in this city. Form a band, or at least have a core group of players to pull from that you have chemistry with. Have a repertoire of your own. Memorize the tunes, and leave the real books at home. Create something beautiful!