15 thoughts on “DAVID BINNEY quartet | live 55 Bar new york city

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      • My Jazz dream would be to be in that cafe with a 1950s Miles Davis on the horn…. Of course, I would have been a child at the time and not welcome in that club! LOL!


      • Of course, it would have been fun to have witnessed that 1938 Benny Goodman concert in Carnegie Hall. Just seeing Gene Krupa’s staggering solo would have made the day!


      • After you have you have mentioned him I watched a few clips with him – surprise and astonishment are always present no matter how many times you watch his playing!


      • I hate to suggest heroin augmented his playing by reducing the physical pain of those incredible performances and by creating a lala land where his imagination was set free, but there does seem to be evidence of super human or enhanced drumming in his performances. Bix Beiderbecke (alcohol) and Miles Davis are others who seemed found their muse in drugs. A lot of Jazz musicians have found their muse in drugs, but a lot have lost in life in consequence.

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      • I guess that more than taking drugs to expand the sound and free themselves from rationality, jazz musicians lived in the ideal context for drugs to proliferate – it was so easy to get them and they had all the reasons to do it – illegality was tolerated, the cabarets had a special kind of people moving around, their hard life, being black in a society that didn’t understand them – so many couldn’t escape from this abyss.

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      • One thing’s certain: The had the talent, with or without the drugs, and the shame of it is how the drugs and alcohol destroyed these talented musicians. We are just fortunate that recordings of their work allow us to appreciate those talents!

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      • It’s fascinating to read about the topic:

        in 1960 Maxwell T. Cohen, an attorney who was also Secretary of the Musicians’ Clinic, and a recognized specialist on narcotics and the law, and who represented many leading musicians and entertainers referred about the prejudice about the use of drugs and jazz musicians:

        “We know that possibly thirteen percent, and more realistically, twenty percent of the drug addicts in the United States are juveniles. Of the remaining eighty percent we know, again in a general way, doctors are in first place. Next are nurses. Third, housewives. Fourth, professional criminals. Musicians would come possibly around eleventh or twelfth on the list.”

        Even if this is not totally right – I guess the addiction was way beyond the jazz musicians … and the reasons or incapacity to fight it were much deeper…


      • Access is a big part of it, I think. That breakdown of users seems credible, though I imagine getting specific numbers would be next to impossible. I think peer pressure might explain jazz musicians’ usage. A user tells a nonuser how it enhances the performance or lets him play longer and harder or inspires the music since it is improvisation. The nonuser thinks he wants that effect, tries it, and the road to becoming a user is begun.

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