Gilberto is trying a new reed. Sue is playing clarinet instead of soprano sax. A different bass player is sitting in. It is Wednesday, the middle of the week. At showtime, it doesn’t matter how many hours you practice, how much theory you know, how many times you have played a song. Live jazz is irrevocable. You can’t erase what you play, You are the bottom line. When the light turns green you play. When a song is over, it is over, except for a few bars that resonate in hearts that causes people to whistle your melody as they walk home in the dark.
Nice video Scott! I am curious…when the sax and clarinet people played their solos…we’re they totally winging it and improvising what they were playing? Or were they playing some tune that they had practiced before? What about the bass and the piano players? We’re they improvising too? How would you rate the soloists on a scale of 1 to 5? We’re they okay…or very good?
hi alan – i havent forgotten your comments, just not sure how to address them. I don’t get a chance to hear live jazz much. It is not as polished as studio recordings because the playewrs cant do a bunch of replays till they get the one they like. I enjoyed this song and the way they played it this evening. It reminded me of walking Cherry Hills golf course in Denver for the U.S. Amateur and getting to see players close up. It was exciting this evening and even if there were some things that weren’t perfect, i thought the group did great, especially since the bass player was not a regular and Sue, on clarinet, has just joined the group and made it a quintet instead of a quartet.