Saturday, April 15, 2006

Power of Marketing

One thing I used to find amusing, is that when I was in school some people knew more about the aebersold play a longs rather then actual jazz recordings. When Brandord Marsalis used to have his forum, he would recommend that you just play with the records you have. I think what sells a lot of the play a longs is that it's an ego booster, you get to be "the cat", sitting in with Dexter Gordon and Woody Shaw's Homecoming rhythm section on the Woody Shaw play a long is fun, have to admit (sorry about that awful sentence). That's what Jamey says, "builds confidence". Confidence in the living room I say. When you first start jamming for real, you realize what it really feels like to play, there is no substitute.

2 Comments:

Blogger Joe M said...

We'll it's just what you said it is, marketing. How did people learn to play jazz before Jamey Abersold records?

Listening to a record requires one to "listen" - which is different than "playing along". How many people "listen" (critically) to play along records?

4:15 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Another thing I don't like is how you don't hear the interaction with the soloist, the attitude is that with the "horns" out of the way you can really concentrate and hear the rhythm section, that's the whole point! Being able to hear how the rhythm section reacts is just as valuable to playing "the hip voicings". However any instruction is ok, it's all good, you just have to figure out what works for you.

7:41 AM  

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