[Dixielandjazz] Out from lurking, but why??
charliehooks2 at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 13 13:22:35 PDT 2005
On Monday, June 13, 2005, at 01:18 PM, Stan Brager wrote:
> As a musician, do you find as much satisfaction striving to play a
> (personal opinion) solo as some of those other clowns you mentioned
> Bunny, Artie, Coleman and others whose solos were recorded?
> If so, is that the real reason you continue to play?
> I wonder if Armstrong was ever disappointed that his other recorded
> End Blues" intros did not come up to the quality of first recording
> of "West
> End Blues" (and that was the 3rd take of the day)?
Well, Stan, I must admit right away that I have not the foggiest
notion "how much satisfaction" anyone other than myself ever got from
anything; I'm sure only that I'm happy with and thankful for the few
recordings of mine that came out right and wish there had been more
The "real reason I continue to play" is the same reason I started
playing in the first place down in Texas in 1938 when I was 9: I
enjoy it. I enjoyed it then, and I enjoy it now. Come on: that
can't be too hard to understand. I never think I'm "striving to play
a great solo"; but I always try to play as well as I can--don't
you? Usually it comes out pretty ordinary; but sometimes it's worth
keeping, and unless I'm being recorded, guess what: I ain't gonna be
able to keep it.
I must admit that I'm puzzled by just what it is you think I said
that is worth writing about. My point was a simple one: we have
plenty of examples of great solos recorded, so there can hardly be
any question of whether they exist. Of course, I was being ironic in
the lead sentence, but surely you picked up on that!
"That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times,
no sane individual has ever given his assent."--Aldous Huxley
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