[Dixielandjazz] Concert Review - Woody Allen
JBruno868 at aol.com
JBruno868 at aol.com
Wed Jul 2 13:11:01 PDT 2008
I had seen "Wild Man Blues" a couple of times as a very old friend played
with Woody on that tour and if the concert I had attended here in Palm Desert,
Christmas, the year before last, had been up to that quality I would have
been happy but it wasn't. I didn't expect much but what I heard was the most
horrible sounds coming out of a Clarinet since learning to play in the 4th
grade. I left after the 3rd song and my mother followed after the next. I was
embarrassed as this was my mom's Christmas present.
I also know a musician who played with Woody's band on that tour and is
still playing with him now and if you really want to know what the very good
musicians who play with him think, you need to ask them. They do it because the
money is good not because of the music and playing is far from being pleasure
but a pain for sure referring to his playing as a truck horn.
I know the New Orleans style and although it's not my favorite, I love the
San Francisco style of Lu Waters and Turk Murphy best, but do enjoy NO when
it's done well. Woody Allen has never met a pretty note and the only reason he
gets the chance to play is because of his money and his name.
What I fear the most is knowing that there are some who went to hear him for
the first time thinking that maybe there is something in this music they had
missed and after, left with the idea that this is what OKOM is all about.
Talk about helping in the death of what we love, this man can kill it all by
himself and BTW, I do know the clarinet. I played it through High School and
after with the Women's Army Corps Band and you had to be pretty good to be
accepted as a member in that band. I was far from being the best, but I do know
what a good clarinet should sound like and Woody Allen's playing, is most
definitely, not it.
Just my opinion but there it is.
In a message dated 7/2/2008 6:11:52 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
marekboym at gmail.com writes:
As Steve mentioned in a reply to me (on-list), every musician has a
bad day. I've heard a Voice of America LP by Condon on one side,
Bobby Hackett on the other, and whichever side I played, it sounded
worse than the previous one! That, despite the great line-up on both
I've never heard Allen live, but I've heard recordings, and he sonds
great on them. I did not like the film - they hardly let a tune to
end there, and it pictures Allen as a rather abominable person. But
even there the music sounds good.
On 01/07/2008, JBruno868 at aol.com <JBruno868 at aol.com> wrote:
> In a message dated 7/1/2008 6:30:52 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> barbonestreet at earthlink.net writes:
> Here is a review of Woody Allen at the Montreal Jazz Festival. After
> all is said and done, he communicates to, and entertains the audience
> and that's what it is all about according to Louis Armstrong.
> Steve Barbone
> Oh, please don't get me started again on this man and his playing again.
> you ever heard him do "Turkey in the Straw" where he sounded worst that
> real turkey, you have no idea how bad a clarinet player can sound. It was
> worst return on my $150. I ever made.
> Jazz Hugs
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