[Dixielandjazz] Incredible Guitar players

Steve Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Wed Oct 4 06:35:06 PDT 2006

Hi Ginny:

Good question to which I do not know the answer. That is why I continue to
explore those musical sounds of the current generation. DF, in reading about
their musical philosophy, wants to do "their" musical thing. They are
virtuosos who improvise over a rhythmic beat. And to top it off, communicate
successfully with many fans all over the world. Perhaps it is a generational
thing, but much too easy for us old folks to pass it off as junk. Especially
when we haven't really listened to the music, or the logic of the younger
generations, or its relationship to the views of the young people during the
jazz years of the 1920s. To me, it is very much like what happened during
the development of jazz, and musically, closely related.

Funny thing, we have become all that we disliked about the "old" folks who
screamed bloody murder at the degenerate music of jazz 80 years ago. Same
old S***, different day is all.

Steve Barbone

on 10/4/06 12:15 AM, Gluetje1 at aol.com at Gluetje1 at aol.com wrote:

Hi Steve,
At first I missed seeing the bottom part of your message about living near
the Lancaster County tragedy.  But saw it tonight as I was making time to
check out what you were saying about DragonForce via a touch of listening.
So very aware of the irony of their name, their tune titles, their sound, up
against the grief wrought by deranged slayers in peaceful growing places.
Maybe I would term the DragonForce sound as eviscerated jazz.  Yes,
virtuosity, but in the service of what?

In a message dated 10/3/2006 8:52:05 A.M. Central Daylight Time,
barbonestreet at earthlink.net writes:
A while back I got pilloried by the jazz police for saying that some of the
Rock Guitarists are as good or better than many of the jazz guitarists.

Well, check out DragonForce, an extreme heavy metal band. You may not like
the sound . . . however check out the band philosophy and "listen" to the
guitars and to the keyboard.

Lordy, could this be defined as visceral jazz?


Steve Barbone

PS. Yes, I live in the Amish Country you've seen on TV yeaterday and today.
Just a few miles from Nickel Mines. A tragedy for a very gentle people who
enjoy OKOM when we see them in our public concerts around Lancaster County.
They stop and gently tap their feet, and the little kids shyly stare. My
farm is surrounded by Amish Farms. Very peaceful until now.


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