Sunday, October 31, 2010

When musicians get testy....................

Looking through my stack of CDs, I made a list of the most
prevalent artists. Santana topped the list with ten CDs, followed
closely by The Beatles, R.E.M., David Sanborn, and Bruce
Springsteen with nine each. 

Pat Metheny showed up seven times, so obviously Pat
Metheny is a favorite. I will confess to not understanding, or
liking, all his music. But that which I like, I really like. I guess
that means I can listen and enjoy music without being a student
of music.

Pat Metheny is clearly both a student of music and a person
who cares deeply about the integrity of the subject.

Kenny G playing over a Louis Armstrong recording of What a
Wonderful World sort of upset Pat.

Full thoughtful interview answer here.  Amazing paragraph here:

"But when Kenny G decided that it was appropriate for him to
defile the music of the man who is probably the greatest jazz
musician that has ever lived by spewing his lame-ass, jive,
pseudo bluesy, out-of-tune, noodling, wimped out, fucked up
playing all over one of the great Louis's tracks (even one of
his lesser ones), he did something that I would not have
imagined possible. He, in one move, through his unbelievably
pretentious and calloused musical decision to embark on this
most cynical of musical paths, shit all over the graves of all
the musicians past and present who have risked their lives by
going out there on the road for years and years developing
their own music inspired by the standards of grace that Louis
Armstrong brought to every single note he played over an
amazing lifetime as a musician. By disrespecting Louis, his
legacy and by default, everyone who has ever tried to do
something positive with improvised music and what it can be,
Kenny G has created a new low point in modern culture -
something that we all should be totally embarrassed about -
and afraid of. We ignore this, "let it slide", at our own peril."


Here is the offending song:

























Original song without Kenny G's help:

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