[Dixielandjazz] Creativity and Mental Illness - was Frank Rosolino

Mike C. mike at railroadstjazzwest.com
Wed Nov 21 22:08:53 PST 2007

Good points and an excellent post as usual Steve.

Thanks for posting that. I've always wondered if schizophrenia, as in 
the case of Thelonious Monk, and depression as in the case of Rosolino, 
had anything to do with their top notch musical skills.

Miles Davis(who had his own problems) once said that "It's a gift 
hearing music the way I do. I just know it's there and I don't question it."

I'm just glad these men were able to share their beautiful music with us 
even if it was only for a short while.


Steve Barbone wrote:
> Perhaps then, we should stop and consider the tightrope that creative jazz
> musicians walk. And consider that their music may indeed be quite separate
> from their more human failings. Especially when they become too full of
> themselves. Beautiful, sensitive music? Stan Getz or Paul Desmond.
> Beautiful, sensitive men? Maybe not. Similar examples abound from all over
> the artistic world.
> In Rosolino's case, my personal view is that he produced beautiful, creative
> music before he went berserk. Therefore, I can easily separate the two. Not
> so easy with Picasso, or Van Gogh et al.
> I also agree, as Dave G says, that it a matter of individual choice whether
> one wishes to listen to Rosolino or anyone else, based upon whatever the
> perceptions or preconditions of the prospective listener might be.
> And caution listmates to consider that creative musicians (I include myself)
> are probably teetering on the edge of sanity so please cut us a break.<grin>
> Cheers,
> Steve Barbone
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