Thursday, October 18, 2007

Jazz in Japan

Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter and Jack DeJohnette played together for the first time ever in Japan.
It's moving to witness great musicians still standing in old age.
They don't need to re-render those great songs. And so I was impressed how they knew when NOT to play, working the silences like a zen garden _ tasteful and smart, icons of a legacy, playing still like their old selves, and who else has that Feeling?
The colors they played, the blend of that Quartet, the Sound,
so coherent you can hear every Note although they were so far away on that distant International Forum stage, totally professional, impeccably executed, and maybe because of their age, each of us knowing that perhaps this is the Last Time to hear those musicians, and certainly together, like losing a friend, it is so rare a privilege to be there, to hear that combination of those Sounds.
But, yes, so true the performance was exactly the kind of performance that Miles Davis Never
Would
Have
Done.
They didn't play anything new.
And Miles perhaps would have been bored. He would have outright disapproved.
He never stopped still long enough to look back.
No time for Nostalgia at hundred dollars a seat!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Right. Miles would never had played with them. Because he wasn't interested in repeating himself. Years before there was a gig called "VSOP," which meant Very Special One-time Performance. But of course it was never one-time. Miles would have been more into playing with Prince. In fact he was planning to do exactly that.

YURI KAGEYAMA said...

Miles was into playing with Prince some years back, right? Like almost 20 years. I wonder what would be his interests today if he were still around.