How is it possible to take Jazz the way it is, and help it move forward when so many players seem to be obsessed with playing exactly the way they did 20, 30, or even 40 years ago.
The mistake they make is the same one a lot of people make in general. They don't understand:
Time is a one-way street. Sure, you can look back the other way, but you run the risk of bumping into what's up ahead.
It is good to pause every now and then for reflection, assessment, and even correction if need's be. But, when the pause becomes a delay it quickly becomes an obstacle to progress.
The Olds Recording Trumpet and Cornet were the most radical departure from traditional trumpet design there ever was. If Frank Lloyd Wright had been a trumpet designer he might have created something similar to the Recording. It had the unmistakable "Art-Deco" look that was so distinctive of the 1940's and '50's.
It first appeared in the mid 1930's as a sub-line of the Olds professional line of trumpets, the Super. It was called the Super Recording. It's concept was to be an instrument designed for "recording ...
Musicians, and especially Jazz players, love to tell each other scary stories about some of the awful things that happen at rehearsal and on the road.
Some of the same stories get passed around from generation to generation and have become "standards" in their own way.
Some of the best are about maniacal band leaders who let the power go to their head and become intolerable and abusive tyrants.
Here is one of my favorites, along with some commentary about how you can keep from being too frightened or upset by someone else's bad behavior.
If you haven't yet heard of Spotify you are way behind the curve in music listening and sharing.
Spotify is great!
I transitioned all of the outside media on this site from YouTube to Spotiy a few months ago.
A lot of the songs that used to be on YouTube are getting flagged for copyright infringement. So, Spotify is a convenient and even better alternative.
A lot has been written about Ear Training. There are tons of books, articles, and even YouTube videos about it.
There is a lot of discussion about the mechanics of Ear Training, and what you have to do to get good at it.
Learn to recognize all the elements of music. It's that simple. Be able to name all the intervals, scales, chords, and progressions that you hear.
But, what can you do with Ear Training. How does it help you be a better listener?
That is the abstract part that is not so easy to talk about.
So, you want to change the world, do you? Maybe you just want to do something extraodinary.
You've got the brains.
You've got the talent.
It just seems as though you don't have enough time.
There's always something vitally important you have to get done right now, or else ...