[Dixielandjazz] The improvisational change - was cool school
Sun, 18 Aug 2002 14:09:57 -0500
on 8/18/02 9:00 AM, Chuck Kercher at firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> Egads, Charlie, Such restrained remarks. John must be one hell of a nice
Actually, he is. Before you came on the list and when I had only just
come on, Petters sounded off first about how the Royal Family were just a
pain in the ass and should be shelved. I wrote back saying, "John, you
sound so YOUNG!" He's 49 or 50. Beebe yelled at him, too.
Then he popped off about Barrett Deems. Not really a top drummer at
all. I replied gleefully: "Ah, John, you are beautiful! Now I need pay no
attention to anything you may say!" and proceeded to nail him, suggesting
that he was an ignoranus--i.e., someone who was not merely ignorant but an
asshole besides. Well, he proved me wrong.
John is highly knowledgeable, more so than most professional
musicologists. His knowledge is actually a bit mindboggling. And he is, in
addition, a very good drummer along Kroupa lines; he sent me a CD of his
Benny Goodman trio (no bass), and it is very good indeed. He forgave me my
initial yelling (not a small thing in itself!) and sent me recordings of
Kroupa's Chicago band that are rare and wonderful. A good guy. I'll always
defend him from now on.
It's just that, about some things, we'll never agree. Pity.