A friend who like all kinds of music and much of it with jazz leanings but is not particularly into “mainstream” or “orthodox” acoustic jazz asked me the other day while we stood near the bandstand at a certain awards function on the banks of a major water course in this fair land:
Why does everyone in the band have to take a solo on every tune?
Someone once explained to me that it’s when those early childhood questions “Why?” and “Why not?” turn with age and experience to “Because” that creativity takes a downward turn. Anyway, at the time I couldn’t really think of a “because” that would have convinced him…
I was reminded of his question when I saw a tweet a moment ago. It read:
I mean, really, don’t you think more people would give jazz a chance if we even THOUGHT about taking shorter solos?
Not this time a question from a listener occasionally dipping an ear into the jazz water but from none other than the ace of bass himself. Mr Christian McBride.
Your views, jazz peoples?