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December 23rd, 2004

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From:rangoon
Date:January 5th, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)

Re: Speaking of Composing Arrangements

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I didn't like their smooth jazz sound at first either, which is why I'm always ashamed to admit I like them. But they're more than just a guilty pleasure, because they're respected by mainstream jazz critics and educators as well (try sight-reading a PMG chart, which is rated at at least a Grade 4!). If you can get past the "smooth jazz" vineer, you'll find complex, interesting, textured music that is more unpredictable than you might think (how many other musicians, including Fleck, do you know who are writing 68-minute compositions?). I think they are much more daring than most smooth jazz artists musically, rhythmically and sonically. And all of their members are high-caliber musicians who have rather impressive feats in the jazz world behind them. So what I've finally settled on is that I appreciate craftsmanship in any form, especially when that craftsmanship is able to elevate a genre I wouldn't normally listen to into something I can enjoy.

As far as you not liking the "smooth jazz" sound, I don't know what to say to that other than that you listen to artists that sound much more "smooth jazz" than the PMG, like George Winston. That's a guy who's craftsmanship is much harder for me to appreciate, because it's much simpler than the PMG's.
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From:djner
Date:January 6th, 2005 01:07 am (UTC)

Re: Speaking of Composing Arrangements

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I understand that. I don't analyze the music that I either play or listen to. If it sounds good (to me) then I like it. Doesn't mean I don't like PMG, I'll continue to have a listen to some of their tracks, but that was my first impression. Winston is simple for a reason, New age is made to be simple. It sounds good to me, puts me at ease if yo will, and that's why I like his stuff. I guess you could say that my playing style is Winston-esque, but it not only sounds good to me, but helps me to work out stress and problems musically. Everyone is different; that makes the world interesting.rent

Ner's Random Musings on a life of interesting insights

a world of interesting factoids about nothing and everything