[Dixielandjazz] Too loud!

Norrie Thomson jnt at blueyonder.co.uk
Thu Nov 20 19:13:31 PST 2003

I agree with Brian.  As the organiser of a jazz club I am also frustrated by
the volume of some bands and especially bass players who have 'promoted'
this instrument to the front line.  On one occasion a band leader asked me
to record his session.  At the first interval he asked me how it was going.
I told him the bass was too loud.  On mentioning this, the bass player said
that it was the bass drum and not the bass.

In most pub situations all that is really needed is a voice mike.


Norrie Thomson
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> As a protest against deafening over-amplification several friends and I
> started to boycott our local jazz venue. Protests have met with
> In one case the response was, "It's supposed to sound like that!" As a
> one-time BBC recording engineer I am not unaware of the problems of making
> heard properly but the venue concerned is just an average sized British
pub. Yet
> each week bands struggle in with their amplifiers, cables, microphones and
> speakers. One week the power circuit failed and the band was obliged to
> acoustically: absolute bliss! Rare is the band that doesn't have separate
> amplification for both string bass and banjo yet neither is a "quiet"
> The consequence is that the rest of the band blow lustily to restore the
> status quo. I attend many jazz festivals. Few are the groups which attempt
> light and shade or dynamic range. The game is to play triple forte all
night long
> with occasional forays into the horrendous. The expected cries from
> bandleaders of "Not me guv!" will be treated with a degree of cynicism I'm
afraid. It
> seems to me to be a real problem in all but the largest auditoria, and it
> to be getting worse. Notice that I have refrained from mentioning alleged
> "sound engineers" who spend the entire session playing with their
> Forgive the intended double entendre!
> Brian Wood
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