Originally Posted by deacongreg
Probably, since we listen to different types of music, we didn`t hook up!
But, one of the best live shows I saw, was at the infamous, now unfortunately shutdown (due to moneys owed) was at "The Bottom Line" in the Village here in New York, on west 4th street and Mercer. Grover Washington Jr. at his young, and firey days with CTI records. Sideman, Eric Gale on guitar, Gary King on bass, Idris Muhammed on drums with Lenny White (yes from Return to Forever on some songs!), Bob James on keyboards.
Dude... don't get me wrong, I was heavy into jazz too... and was VERY into going to a variety of live performances.
At 19 years old, I walked up 7 flights of stairs in an old run-down jazz club in Detroit... and was totally mezmorized by the Herbie Han**** Sextant... and sat on the floor all night, right in front of Bennie Maupin and his bass clarinet.
At Baker's Keyboard lounge , I sat right near Stanley Clarke, as Chick Corea debuted the material from the first Return To Forever album... and it was friggin' amazing, with Joe Farrell AND Airto, about 10 feet away.
And I saw Miles Davis's last performance before he passed a few weeks later... impossible to put into words.
And the most amazing "musicianship" that I've ever sat in front of, was OREGON, with Ralph Towner...easily my all-time favorite jazz/new age "musical magicians."
But from a "showmanship" stand-point (ie. visibly entertaining on HDTV) I ranked ELP #1, simply because the three of them were all outstanding stage performers (in addition to being virtuosos musicians.)
Rock on...and JAZZ on.
PS: I also studied Classical in college... if somebody wants to also toss that genre into the conversation.