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Posted by Charlie (184.108.40.206) on October 07, 2003 at 12:45:59:
In Reply to: Re: jazz snobs posted by paige on October 07, 2003 at 08:46:45:
: : hi there,
: : My name is Humphrey Murphy and I am a 2nd Year post graduate student at University College Cork,Ireland. I am doing a research paper on the development of the electric bass in jazz and in particular its role in the music of miles davis electric groups. given the controversy surrounding this music and in particular the hostility toward the electric bass from the jazz community at the time i was wondering if anyone else has experienced any hostility from jazz musicians or journos because of the instrument we play? I would be very grateful for any replies as it would be a big help in my research. cheers
That resentment was more widespread than simply with the jazz community. Many rockabilly and country players resented the electric when it was first introduced. Much of that resentment came from the bass players themselves, since they were, in many cases, being forced to transfer to the electric, which was difficult for a lot of players. It also changed the way everyone had to approach their playing, since the bass became much more prominent in the mix, both in recording and live playing. As the electric bass became more popular, it started replacing the upright, and it also helped usher in rock'n'roll, which was much inferior music in the view of jazz musicians. It put a lot of full-time players out of work, or forced them to play music they didn't want to play. I suppose a lot of the resentment was rooted in fear, which usually accompanies changes like that; fear that would be warrented, if you consider that it meant the end of your livelihood if you were a full-time upright player, too old to play the new music.
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