Friday, December 12, 2008

METHENY ON KENNY G

Thanks to my friend, and excellent musician himself in his day, Tom Wilson, for hipping me to this. Read the whole thing, it's worth it, especially if you're a serious music lover.

5 comments:

AlamedaTom said...

Hey Lal:

Thanks for giving me credit for this link, which was the subject of my most recent post on my blog, "Birth of the Cool."

In testing your link, I was prompted to read the whole dang thing over again, and to be frank, my jaw dropped even more than the first time I read it. I can honestly say, this is among the top five rants I've ever had the privilege of reading.

For your readers: Take the Lal's advice and read Pat Metheny's entire rant. Rarely, will you experience such a raw and genuine outpouring.

~ Willy

Lally said...

Tom, there's also an extreme rave going in the other direction by Carly Simon on Odetta on today's Huffington Post. Lal

harryn said...

yeah pat - glad to see someone speaking out on these issues - the ny times had a great [and comparable] critique on pop culture by keith jarrett back in the mid 90's ...

sometimes the silence of these masters condones a lot of mediocrity - but i guess the "pockets" of the industry help to convolute it ...

we've grown so tolerant - at least we don't have to bailout the art and music industries [yet] ...

thanks tom via michael ...

Butch in Waukegan said...

When I saw Phil Woods at the Jazz Showcase in the late '90s he wore a grey sweat shirt with a red bisected circle over "Kenny G" in black lettering - no Kenny G. Nicely summed up the feeling of the room.

I was a Harpers subscriber in 2000 when Methany's short essay based on this interview appeared. I have a copy of it somewhere. I was amazed at Methany's prose style - the pacing was truly musical and by the end you were right there with him as he demolished Kenny. Harper's titled the essay " Oh my god, he killed Kenny G!"

Just now I tried to find the essay on the web (it's only accessible to Harper's subscribers) and discovered another favorite of mine weighed in on this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB8DLcPd0nE

harryn said...

here's the keith jarrett article i refered to earlier:
Jarrett, K. "Categories Aplenty, but Where's the Music?” New York Times , (August 16, 1992), 190-1.

if anyone can advise me as to how i can get a print out i'd appreciate it ...