Re: Improvisation

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Posted by Ed on April 11, 2000 at 10:02:02:

In Reply to: Re: Improvisation posted by Pat Harrington on April 11, 2000 at 00:07:11:

Pat- I don't know why it pisses people off, it just seems to. Ya ask people for a little specificity and suddenly it's as if you have challenged there very existence and they gotta jump back with I done this and that and so there kinda attitude. And generally that their experience is more valid because it's theirs and they shouldn't actually have to SUPPORT what they allege. If gigging is the most important thing for you, then by all means do what you need to do to get the gig. You just have to understand that that's 1. not why evrybody else is doing this and 2. that at pretty much every level compromises the music. Please understand I am NOT saying that anytime you play for digit, you are compromising music. Cause there are plenty of great gigs with great musicians (which is a good thing or I wouldn't be working), but anytime you put money before the music, you compromise. Your earlier comment "jazz is not the center of the universe" may be true for the populace at large, but it IS true for me, that's why I live in NYC, so I can be part of the most vital area for this kind of music. And a lot of the gigs I get subbing are for guys who decided that making a living is more important than the music they are playing, so they take the clubdate and sub out the jazz gig. Now, you got yer life and I got mine, and that's cool. It just seems that you got a bit of chip when it comes to people who think that jazz deals with music on a deeper level than most music. What's the deal with that? Cause suddenly it's not like "Well, that's yer opinion I don't think so" it's more like "I'm gigging alla time and I don't think that's right so you gotta learn to deal with stuff outa the practice room yada". If you are so concerned with MY experience level, go to, check out my profile and e-mail me if ya want my resume. Otherwise, stick to making specific statements that you are willing to support (ie I don't like John Patitucci cause he don't dig in and kinda skates on uptempo)rather than general ones that you would rather rag on somebody than support.

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