Monday, March 8, 2010
When it comes to great performances, phrasing is everything. It’s what makes Tony Bennett so delightful, and Frank Sinatra had it in spades. So did Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and others from their generation, mostly gone now.
And when you hire a band to perform live music as your corporate event entertainment, you want a great performance, right?
But how can there be phrasing, and a really great LIVE performance, when the band, singers, horn players and even the drummer are performing with pre-recorded “tracks,” lip-synching and playing along with a record as so many corporate event bands do today?
The following excerpt from a note I received this morning is an insightful perspective on this phenomenon:
We spoke earlier on the phone today. I just wanted to say again how nice it was to talk to somebody in the music business in this town that wasn’t immediately dismissive to a newly-arrived musician looking for opportunities. Kindness and compassion seem to be a rare commodity in this town from time to time, so thank you again.
As for the issue of “tracking” in performances here, I have to say I am pretty surprised that music has deteriorated to… Read the full story »
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
It’s my fantasy, a one-woman show:
“Judy Chamberlain sings the hits of George Gerswin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin & Kermit the Frog”
Hmmm…and maybe Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Harry Warren & Kurt Weill.
The intimacy of this music is an extraordinary element. This is music that… Read the full story »