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Kenny G whizzes on the grave of Pops March 8, 2008

Posted by The Typist in 504, cryptical envelopment, Dancing Bear, Fargo, Jazz, music, New Orleans, NOLA, quotes.
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…when Kenny G decided that it was appropriate for him to defile the music of the man who is probably the greatest jazz musician that has ever lived by spewing his lame-ass, jive, pseudo bluesy, out-of-tune, noodling, wimped out, fucked up playing all over one of the great Louis [Armstrong’s] tracks (even one of his lesser ones), he did something that I would not have imagined possible. He, in one move, through his unbelievably pretentious and calloused musical decision to embark on this most cynical of musical paths, shit all over the graves of all the musicians past and present who have risked their lives by going out there on the road for years and years developing their own music inspired by the standards of grace that Louis Armstrong brought to every single note he played over an amazing lifetime as a musician.
Pat Metheny on Kenny G

Tell us what you really think, Pat. I’m not a musician and as much as I love the music I certainly lack the depth of musical knowledge of a true jazz aficionado, but it’s pretty easy to recognize that Kenny G sucks. That he would have the audacity to mix himself over even something as syrupy as Its A Wonderful World, well, I think Pat Metheny said it all.

For me, the gold standard of a jazz aficionado is Leigh Kamman of The Jazz Image, who warmed up many a cold Fargo Saturday night with some of the coolest jazz around. When I die I want to come back as a night jazz DJ with his voice. The world is not the same place since his show ended. He would be on right now if he were still on the air and I were in the cold North. I can hear his theme (Gerry Mulligan: Manoir De Mes Reves (Django’s Castle) and his voice in my head right now as clearly as my other mother’s.

Kenny G, there’s a special place in hell for the likes of you. When Leigh Kamman departs this world, there will be a place for him at a first rate table in the jazz joint at the end of the universe, and the entire Cortege of the Cool will be on the bill.

HT to Dr. Morris for this one. Oh, and Ashley, all of us who read Anima Mundi want to know when we can stop by for Limoncello. I’ll bring the Brocato’s.

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1. Marco - March 9, 2008

Mark, thanks for the Kamman link. I’ll have to look at his playlists and other things on the site.

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2. kumoiku - March 9, 2008

hello friend…

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3. Markus - March 9, 2008

Hello, kumoiku. I can’t figure out if you site is one of those peculiar aggragators, or an actual site in a language I can’t place. Either way, welcome

Marco, Kamman’s was the coolest thing I’ve ever heard on the radio. If you know anyone from Minnesota who digs jazz, they would know it. I wish he had endless podcasts. Hell, I would gladly pay for the subscription to hear his shows again and again.

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4. Ole Blue - March 11, 2008

K..kk…kkkkk…kill Kenny G. 😉

OK I am kidding…just break his whatever you call it he plays.

Kenny does not play jazz he plays music mutilation.

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5. ashleymorris - March 14, 2008

The limoncello starts this weekend. Good things come to those who wait.

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6. Rose - January 5, 2009

Nice post keep it up!!!

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