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Sun march 10 2001, 9:16 AM

I've decided after good example to write some diary pages with toughts and events.

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Sun March 10 2001, 9:16 AM

Just a short page, I think.

Montreux Jazz Festival

I've been watching montreux Jazz festivals video clips from 2001, full length quality enough captures with stereo sound from BB King, Larry Carlton, Living colour, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea and some more, of course mostly well known for people with some knowledge about the last decades of jazz music. I've been to montreux, though never to the Jazz festival, it should be nice, the lake is quite nice, though I'm sure way to much evil reigns there, too.

I'm while typing this looking at and listening to the last part of the BB King recording, where he sits down with some musicians after his show to jam. Mounteux (Switserland), only last year this is. Well, well. I like he throws in or lets say simply plays or takes effort to do some things probably only the best of bleus guitarists can do right enough even outside his habitual idiom. That expression I think in his case can safely be used without being ironical or something, he just did, and those 12 or 24 bars of guitar make for quite some days at least of musical high enough to think about, though I don't remember it. I practiced his songs for hours a day, long ago, at least in my timecounting, I just had moved from parents house to a student living group as it happened to be called at the time, which was at least 12 years ago.

I had just bought a digital piano, thanks to some happy financial possibility, I worked as a student, and there was a major bargain at my 'regular' supplier of lets say studio electronics, and so I got it arranged that the wanted machine got a good place in my cramped but working room, and I played its large full piano, weighted keyboard for hours a day sometimes loud over my kenwood/yamo 504's, which I don't think I ever used up to overdrive, but was quite loud, mostly at room volume, and at times with some reverb over headphones, at the time often mixed over my own made stereo mixer with a CD or cassette tape sound.

And I'd learn the keyboard sensitivity by hours of practice playing along with Johny be goode, hard to handle, I'm in the mood, highway 66, mean mistreating mamma, Champion Jack Dupree (e.g. 'one scotch one Bourbon, one beer'), and 'paying the cost', and the 'thrill is gone' by the legend BB.

I knew his main lick ideas from those and probably some more songs, and must have played them, also hearing a at least good enough, though brass stab probably spoiled, backing band, many, many times, tring the rythms, the feel, wether I could accompany, and some of the solo stuff. In the end I could satisfactory bleus solo and play, good enough even, though that took some bank experience, too, but that was good achievement, I liked it.

I've seen king play live at least once, maybe twice, which was never boring a a sloppy moment, while relaxed throughout, he seems to have changed over the last years for the better. And that those licks, seriously, obligatory listening I'd say for serious musicians, I might take the effort making a short mpeg with them, though then I'd normally have no way of keeping the video, which is good, too. Major good stuff, makes most mess around and worries leave and nothing but the lines for at least 30 seconds. In the end the jam doesn't leave him space to finish his set off which is major waste.

The whole piece is at, I'm now listening to the Black Crowes, without question the heaviest rock delegation, which is at the July 10 menu.

It's definately worth the time to watch these performances, even if it was for studying, all of them, in fact, and musically I mean of course, apart from personal interests or star watching. I was looking at 300kb/s or so, which makes it not TV, but nice enough, and the sound is good enough stereo, so it you have the chance, its a good way to learn about jazz or music, and have a good time.