[Dixielandjazz] Old But new

Marek Boym marekboym at gmail.com
Fri Dec 14 09:00:58 PST 2012

Records are not always representative of nightly playing.  Ages ago I
borrowed a VoA LP by great musicians from the Tel Aviv USIS library,
musicians I loved and cherished (still do).  Two live performances.
Each side was more boring than the previous one, irrespective of order
of playing.  Of course, it shouldn't have been issued.  Both leaders
and all the sidemen continued playing and recording much better
I've never said the standards were not great tunes - that's why
they've become standards.  But I've heard well known pros, revered by
many on the list (no names shall be mentioned publicly), playing as if
they were asleep, two nights in a row, thus excluding the "bad night"
And I have heard from musicians that they were bored playing the same
tunes seven times a week, night after night.  BTW, I did bring this up
in a context, which by now has become lost.

On 14 December 2012 05:33, Robert Ringwald <rsr at ringwald.com> wrote:
> Marek wrote:
>>I remembered asking a participant in the Mississippi RAg Forum whether it
> had occurred to him that the musicians might be bored playing Royal Garden
> Blues or ST. James' Infirmary for umpteen times.  His reply was that if so,
> they shouldn't play traditional jazz.
> Marek, Those are great tunes as are tunes such as Royal Garden, Canal Street, Back Home Again in Indiana, etc. It is all in playing them with enthusiasm and excitement plus a little different each time.
> As an example, listen to Eddie Condon playing the songs in the late 20s and 30s. Then listen to his recordings of the mid 50s, same tunes.
> Unlike a lot of bands, I have no trouble with playing “Wonderful World” or “The Saints.” The crowd loves the tunes and we play them well.
> -Bob Ringwald
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