on 26 October 2006
This session is exemplary of what is missing in jazz today. It has artistry, which is ALL that present-day jazz musicians seem to be capable of for most of the time, with a few exceptions, such as Jeff 'Tain' Watts, and it has the joy of knowing what went before rather than just the knowledge of it.
I don't like the opening of Jparisian Thoroughfare - though Jaki Byard tended to do this (see his Freedom Book with Booker Ervin, for instance), give you a tough one to digest right at the start - but thereafter everything is as said: monstrously good! And even more importantly also enjoyable...
My favourites are Shine On Me and Evidence. The first because it shows what can be done with New Orleans style Dixieland today and the latter because it's just so darned good!
That said, Memories of You and Teach Me Tonight once again prove that when two masters of an idiom take a couple of ol' chestnuts to task, you'll here things you've never heard before.
Jaki Byard and Roland Kirk are absolutely wonderful examples of what's missing from todya's technically perfect and almost totally soulless jazz.