Good point, Flame. You brought up something that few people seem to have any regard for, and that is playing within the limits of a "situation". It takes a very disciplined player to squelch his ego long enough to play what a piece requires, and not go over the edge trying to prove something. It's a large part of the art, IMO. Good post.
Originally posted by Flamencology
Sure... why compare anything with anything?
Take an art history course sometime; if you're not prepared to compare and contrast two totally different pieces, then you're going to do badly.
As for Scofield's performance last night... what did he do wrong? what could he have done better? He played exactly what the situation called for; no more, no less. That's EXACTLY what he's done throughout a very long career that has covered more stylistic ground than most musicians dream of, and with more great musical greats than most people will ever SEE. Furthermore, he's been able to maintain critical and popular success without compromising one note of his music... a Verve contract isn't the easiest thing in the world for a jazzman to hold onto these days.
Holdsworth is a great player, but comparing him to Scofield is like comparing water to wine; relatively speaking, he hasn't evolved, lacks any sense of dynamics, is unable to make his phrases breathe, lacks versatility, has failed to produce a significant catalogue, has failed to compose music that is both intricate and accesible (even for musicians), and has failed to work with the same range of talent.
And since you asked, here are two originals and a cover:
No announcement yet.
John Scofield w/ John Mayer on Leno Tonight (Wed 15th)