[Dixielandjazz] The Approaches to Dixieland

Stephen Barbone barbonestreet@earthlink.net
Thu, 08 Aug 2002 15:06:02 -0400

Interesting thread (about duplicating the music of the past). Some ask
"What's wrong with that? Answer? Nothing. But also consider the below
approach quoted from the just released new book on Eddie Condon's

"After opening his club in 1945, Condon's recordings became lively
extensions of the improvisational sessions that rocked the West Third
Street bistro nightly. This was hot jazz, tempered with refinement,
technical excellence, and freedom for musical expression. While
retaining a  Dixieland flavor, he honored the past, but also added a
fresh approach that extended the music's appeal."

Hopefully we remember that Condon's groups kept DIXIELAND alive and
vital until the day he died. Then, sadly, most of us ignored or forgot
what he taught us.

Same question applies: "What's wrong with a fresh approach? Answer?
Nothing. In fact, it is the answer to keeping this vital music alive, as
well as the path Barbone Street has chosen to follow, with moderate
success so far. (You ain't seen nothin yet)

Steve Barbone