[Dixielandjazz] Adding youthful Members

Marek Boym marekboym at gmail.com
Wed May 26 13:47:26 PDT 2010


> Like you, I like taste over speed and you may be right about the tempos
> played.  They really aren't dance tempos.

Panama Francis, who had drummed with the original Savoy Sultans and
later, in the '80's, led a revival band under that name, played
something incredibly fast at a concert in the Hague and claimed taht
this was the original tempo, although it seemed unlikely that people
could dance that fast.
> There is another thing - playing slow tempos requires more musicianship than
> wiggling your fingers fast.  IMO a slow tune is much harder to bring off and
> make sound good because you start needing to phrase, play in tune, use
> dynamics and all the other musical things that make a solo nice.  Did you
> ever notice that a lot of those things are missing in the typical solo
> played at fast speeds.

Sure.  But you know The New Orleans Function and Swing de Gitanes,
both of which attract young audiences, both at dances and concerts,
and definitely do NOT try to play faster than others.

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