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Re: Improvisation Ears, Styles,and chops was RE: Loop Jams vs. Jazz Jams

Emile -

I agree.  Different musical genres (Rock, Jazz, Classical) are life
different musical languages, each with their own way of "saying" things.
Just like in life, when you meet people who don't speak your language,
communication still happen if each person pays attention to cues and moods.

Musical smiling helps!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Emile Tobenfeld (a.k.a Dr. T)" <emile@foryourhead.com>
To: <info@krispenhartung.com>; <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
Sent: Sunday, February 27, 2005 2:57 PM
Subject: Improvisation Ears, Styles, and chops was RE: Loop Jams vs. Jazz

> -- random thoughts while procrastinating on doing my taxes --
> It seems to me that improvisers who pay attention to each other
> should be able to play together regardless of differences in
> instruments, styles, techniques and musical knowledge, by bringing
> big ears to the session and responding at some level to the essence
> of what each other is doing.
> IMO Big ears beat big chops any time, and big chops (and musical
> knowledge in the traditional sense) are a tool, not an end in
> themselves.
> I don't listen to much high energy techno any more, but when I did, I
> often imagined a high energy jazz saxophone improvisor wailing over
> the beats, with the DJ responding in turn to the sax. The same could
> be true of looping music.
> I confess I have a few DAT's sitting around of complex looping
> sessions with horn playing friends in which I (or they) were
> processing their sound and looping synths on top and the whole thing
> turned to mud on listening -- big ears can be challenged when our
> machines are doing things so complex we can't pick them out,
> -- 
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> opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the
> ability to function."
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