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|Sep-18-16|| ||Boomie: <technical draw: So now I'm in Saudi Arabia...>|
Could you pull a few strings to get the Saudis from funding their seemingly endless war against the Shia? Then we wouldn't have to be there at all, eh?
|Sep-18-16|| ||technical draw: Can't do that <Boomie> You see they have black gold, Texas Tea. And they still chop off heads.|
|Sep-18-16|| ||technical draw: The fact is, it is just about impossible to be fired from a government job. More people die in their government jobs than get fired. No one ever quits, because there is no better place to work. Imagine if your employer gave you a 30% raise and tenure, meaning you can now come to work naked if you choose. That’s life in the Federal bureaucracy. All those days off, I suspect, are so the Federal workforce can have time to build interesting and self-actualizing lives outside of work. Otherwise, days and weeks of pointless tedium would result in a mass insanity or something similar to a prison riot.|
|Sep-20-16|| ||technical draw: About Ted Kennedy ..<.At the end of his second semester at Harvard in May 1951, anxious about maintaining his eligibility for athletics for the next year, he had a friend take his place at a Spanish language examination. The ruse was immediately discovered and both students were expelled for cheating.>|
Contrary to popular belief I was not that friend. Can't you guys put it to rest already?
|Sep-20-16|| ||Deus Ex Alekhina: Well, Teddy did have a drinking problem (and a driving problem)|
|Sep-21-16|| ||falso contacto: Saliendo de mi estado de hibernación.|
|Sep-21-16|| ||diceman: <technical draw:
Contrary to popular belief I was not that friend. Can't you guys put it to rest already?>
TD's official title was:
"Goto neck brace Guy"
|Sep-22-16|| ||chancho: Disfrutando el apagon? Si tienes una planta electrica, prestamela!|
|Sep-22-16|| ||technical draw: Lo siento <chancho> no tengo planta. 2 días y medio sin luz Pero ya regresó son mas de las diez y aunque no duermo en 2 días se me espantó el sueño.|
|Sep-23-16|| ||Shams: <td> Any chance you are a fan of Keith Jarrett's solo stuff?|
|Sep-23-16|| ||technical draw: <Shams> I don't normally listen to solo jazz piano preferring a trio with bass and to guitar . (of course Art Tatum is the exception)|
|Sep-23-16|| ||Boomie: Tatum and his disciple Oscar Peterson are probably a cut above the others. I saw Keith Jarrett in a solo concert and he was terrific. McCoy Tyner was also a powerful player. I don't know much about piano or jazz for that matter, but those guys seem to have something special. |
Tatum was perhaps the best piano player ever. At least that was the opinion of Rachmaninov and Horowitz. Horowitz said that if Tatum ever took up classical, he would hang them up...heh. He tried to learn Tiger Rag but never seemed to get it right. When Oscar Peterson was young, after hearing Tiger Rag for the first time, he went to his room and cried.
|Sep-24-16|| ||Shams: Tatum clearly better than Errol Garner?|
|Sep-24-16|| ||Boomie: <Shams: Tatum clearly better than Errol Garner?>|
I've pretty much blown my wad vis a vis pianists. The difference between the best ones is a matter of aesthetics. The late, lamented <achieve> was an avid piano player who worshipped Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck and Randy Newman. <ChemMac> is an accomplished pianist who, I'm sure, has his own list of favorites. He would be the one I would ask.
I'm just a hack who likes to chat about stuff. Folk guitar is as far as I've ventured in the music world.
|Sep-24-16|| ||Shams: <Boomie> <The difference between the best ones is a matter of aesthetics.>|
Yeah, I think that's fair. Some people hated listening to Horowitz, maybe for a reason roughly analogous to not liking Neil Peart as a drummer.
I was fortunate enough to see Jarrett with his famous standards trio (recently broken up) here in Seattle a decade or so ago. He is amazing.
|Sep-24-16|| ||Shams: This well-written article puts Garner outside the top ten. Ok, rankings mean little but the brief career sketches here are great. https://billcunliffe.wordpress.com/...|
|Sep-24-16|| ||moronovich: <The late, lamented <achieve> was an avid piano player who worshipped Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck and Randy Newman>|
<The late,lamented <achieve>
Has something happened to <achieve> our dear cyberfriend ?
|Sep-24-16|| ||Boomie: <moronovich: Has something happened to <achieve> our dear cyberfriend?>|
No. That was just a poor choice of words by me. He seemed to have lost his temper and stopped coming to CG regularly. He and I had many delightful chats and I miss him.
|Sep-24-16|| ||moronovich: Thanks <Boomie> !|
That is a big relief and you are forgiven:) And yes,I remember your sharings/clashes that usually were quite fruitful IMHO.
I miss him too.
|Sep-24-16|| ||Boomie: Here's an interview of Oscar Peterson by Andre Previn, who was quite the keyboard player his own darn self.|
|Sep-26-16|| ||technical draw: <Boomie> There was a YouTube video with a young piano player sight reading (!) one of Oscar Peterson's arraignments. Amazing. I thought that was impossible.|
|Sep-26-16|| ||technical draw: After hearing Oscar Peterson and Andre Previn play I'm going to take my piano outside and burn it.|
|Sep-26-16|| ||Boomie: Peterson tells a story about Tatum that illustrates a major difference between jazz and classical musicians. Vladimir Horowitz was a big fan of Tatum and invited him over. Horowitz had been working on Tea for Two in Tatum's style and played it for him. Tatum said "That's very nice. Let me play it for you." Tatum then played Tea for Two including numerous sections that Horowitz had never heard before. He asked Tatum when he had learned those new sections. Tatum replied "Just now". |
Classical players don't practice improvisation much and are therefore usually pathetic in jazz. Bach used to encourage his students to improvise on tunes that he gave them to practice. That helps to build skills in composition. Why riffing got squeezed out of classical is a mystery to me.
|Sep-26-16|| ||heuristic: <art tatum>
Oscar Peterson and Count Basie discuss being "intimidated" by Art Tatum:
Horowitz said he would quit if Tatum went classical!
|Sep-26-16|| ||technical draw: Thanks for that link <heuristic>.|
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