Re: I am not saying that no one should play "Sorry" again.
Posted Dec 21, 2008 12:43 PM
Well, I do appreciate what musicians like Vince Giordano are doing for the music. The value of what they do is immeasurable. Also, I would agree with you about the "tampering" of recordings. I'm sure that some of you have seen the scathing article written by Pat Metheny regarding Kenny Gorelick's garbage overdub recording "with" Louis Armstrong. (His name is Gorelick...not an initial...I refuse to say it. ). After reading the article I wanted to nominate Metheny for the Nobel prize.
However, I just think that this is a different case. All he's doing is just playing along with a record. It's not a concert and he's not doing it for profit. He's not "using" Bix. He's just enjoying a record. If he was selling his performance on a CD or if he was performing it, I'd be completely on your side. It's just Youtube. Pretty informal.
Sometimes I even have a problem with recreating things note-for-note. I don't think I'd ever do it justice. On the other hand, is "Singin' the Blues" without Bix's solo still "Singin' the Blues"? It's become part of the tune. A delicate balance.
Anyway, I don't mean to be confrontational. It's just that I get excited every time I see a relatively young person get into the stuff I get excited. We're hanging right on the edge of losing this music forever and I don't want to scare anyone out of it.