No Arguing Preference

by Brendan Wolfe

There's certainly no arguing matters of preference, Albert. But I'm wondering whether you think Talbert had some obligation to reproduce the mood of the original. (Seems to me he didn't.) And I know that Challis had a rough time getting Bix's piano pieces down on paper, so perhaps it was frustrating then to have people ignore all that work . . . but still. Since when do jazzmen (since when did Bix) ever just play it as written?

Bix's version of his own composition can certainly stand on its own. But shouldn't musicians be encouraged to make it their own?

Posted on Nov 18, 2009, 10:51 AM

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