Welcome to Five Link Friday, where I post 5 of my favorite links from the week. I hope you enjoy them and if you have a favorite you’d like to add, please feel free to do so in the comments below. Thanks!
1) Music evolution: Is this the end of the composer? This is a really interesting article, but it made me quite uncomfortable. We use the term evolution in music often, especially when describing how a piece of music evoles into something else. But that’s all takes place at the whim of the composer (or performer), not what the audience likes at that moment. I think what this experiment fails to capture is that as improvisors and composers, we often make choices without regard to how well it will be liked. We do solely because we want to, or have to. We are compelled. I don’t know… I don’t think composers are going away, I don’t think anything can replace what it means to be human… but what do you think?
2) A really well-writtena and thoughtful book review from All About Jazz on Dave Liebman: What It Is – The Life of a Jazz Artist. Liebman is one of my favorite musicians and this book looks like a must have for any jazz fan.
3) Getting in a Jazz Groove by Ramsey Lewis – A nice, clear, positive approach to getting young people to learn to love jazz. He doesn’t knock them for wanting “cake” instead of the “real meat and potatoes of music”… but explains that it is important. I couldn’t agree more!
4) Tim Price Blogging for Rico – Melodic Improvisation & the abstract truth
Just a note: you’ll notice that the links don’t work on his post, so here are the two Sax on the Web articles he mentions, so you don’t have cut and paste. I did all the work for you. 🙂
5) Want To Improve Your Playing? Stop Trying by Bill Plake – A great article! I got this link from my friend Doron over at www.bestsaxophonewebsiteever.com and once I stumbled on Bill’s blog I was there for hours. HE’s got so much good stuff over there, which I will continue to share. Enjoy!