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20 August 2006

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mwanji
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Reviews of standards concerts or CDs done in a "standard" way could almost be boiled down to the setlist...

Ryshpan
2.

Reviews of standards concerts or CDs done in a "standard" way could almost be boiled down to the setlist...

And often when reading the jazz mags, I'll do just that - skip to the track listing for albums like those. No disrespect intended to those players who play standards exceedingly well (Bill Charlap, for instance), but I'm obviously not alone in feeling unfulfilled by such music. I'd even prefer people start digging up lesser-known songs by GAS composers than rehash the same 10 Gershwin tunes.

mwanji
3.

Lesser-known songs:

Sometimes I wonder what's more important, the material or the process. If your obscure Cole Porter ends up sounding like your overworked Cole Porter, what's the point?

The "new standards" approach can raise the same question, but at least there you get a different sound. But the occasional whiff of "playing a recent song for the sake of it" is disturbing. I don't know.

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