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Old 10-24-2009, 11:47 PM
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Default Re: Can Simon play jazz?

Originally Posted by con struct View Post
Well, but how do you know that SImon Phillips hasn't studied post-bop drumming?
Originally Posted by Steamer View Post
Because you can hear it in the delivery of his playing in the clip......
Okay, and now we're getting to the heart of the matter. You say can hear it in the delivery, and I believe you, but what if he's been an avid student of bop and post-bop drumming for many years and the way he's playing here is the result of all that study?
What if he's decided to approach it in a different way, a way more to his liking and more the way he wants to express his take on this music?
Look at what people said about Monk. "All wrong," "clumsy," "no technique." And these were jazz guys saying that. I mention Monk because he never changed his approach, the rest of the jazz scene changed its perception of his approach.
Now of course I'm not comparing Simon Phillips to Thelonious Monk. But I do have to wonder about the idea that studying a style of music will always lead to the same way of playing it.
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