Originally Posted by 8Mile
Very well stated, Mike Stand.
... it's easy for us to get caught up in thinking clinically... watch other musicians just absolutely loving what he brings to the music... It's all about the music, living and breathing it, in the moment.
Absolutely spot on! Sadly, hearing a great musician play can often be a bitter sweet experience, it can make you become discouraged, even depressed that you're not on the same level. But with Blade, I always feel uplifted, inspired, alive! Of course he's got great technique and uses it wonderfully, but it's just a means to an end, never the end itself.
That gig in Barcelona a few years ago was the last time I saw Blade (and Shorter) live.
Makes me all emotional just thinking about it.
Like Art Blakey said "Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life".
I haven't had a good wash in a long time.