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Postby Cuimean » Wed Dec 31, 2003 6:33 pm

Okay, let's drop the political discussions and move on to something less touchy: ethnic humor! This one's from the book "Jazz Anecdotes," edited by Bill Crow:

A Greek bandleader wasn't happy when his regular drummer sent a young jazz player as a substitute on a traditional dance job. After the first set, he took the youngster aside. "Look, kid," he said, "forget about all that Elvin Jones stuff. Just give me a simple after-beat on two and five!"

(Feel free to substitute "Greek" with "Turkish," "Bulgarian," "Gypsy," or "King Crimson.")
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Re: Changing the subject

Postby Thrip » Wed Jan 07, 2004 6:14 pm

Cuimean wrote:... or "King Crimson.")

"King Crimson is the only gig in the world where you can play in 17/16
and still stay in decent hotels." -- Bill Bruford
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Postby chap » Wed Jan 07, 2004 6:45 pm

I once heard a quote that the definition of jazz was walking the fine line between what is expected and what is unexpected. If you play all expected stuff then it is antiseptic, but if you play all unexpected stuff then it is all cerebral and you lose the audience. I was telling this to a guy I was gigging with once. I am in the middle of saying "If you play all expected stuff then it sounds antiseptic, but if you play all unexpected stuff. . . . "

And the guy I was talking to interrupts saying, "You don't get paid."

Love that line!
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