No Yodel !



Come to think of it, the last tour in Britain was a great experience for me again (and I?m not the only one.)

I always love the way people react to my Gtar playing, there?s just a spark there, I find hard to discover anywhere else in the world (not that I travel that much, cause I don?t want to, but nonetheless.)

The genuine interest in the ?mangling of the thing? is the biggest I think.

Some people think I don?t like the blues, cause I made a remark in some local pissoir to a Gtar mag publisher, that I?m not into that colonial stuff, like the 3 bar shite and feel so sorry, that people have to pay me for that and in the mean time copy stuff of ?that Gtarist? to go down history as a musician? Too sad for words.

Nor do I choose to be part of the General Buckshot & the Blueswaffe gang. (That was clear already.)

I just refuse to play that shite for the rest of my life; cause there?s more to this animal music then meets the eye (ear), alas.

Just finished a couple of new pieces for my Jazzah project (The ballroom Eskimo / Glad to see the morning / Rainy day Reggae) which almost takes me a lifetime, but I love to experiment and rediscover old reggae stuff and don?t be surprised ?Louis Armstrong!?

What a great musician, his phrasing etc. (it?s all been said before) is unsurpassed and what strikes me the most that in this day and age they always keep japing about blues and the way it should be played (sorry I?m born, etc.) but if you are musical enough to comprehend what Armstrong is about, then you might find out that he wasn?t the first man was on the moon. (Pilgrim!)

The funny thing is that I never saw any black people in the audiences, except on stage, during these super Blues shows over here or abroad, not that it really matters but it rings a bell (I hope).

So in order to stay whom I am, I?m not going to pretend I could be your plumber (black or white) or any regular punter in the street in order to justify my playing or whatever, money or something. (Cause everybody?s got the blues one way or another from China to Lapland or the Aleuts to Burma and back) the privilege to express oneself in different ways is an extra dimension which of course is against all business rules but who gives a shite? Of course! The ones that run that blues game and the ones that live up to those standards, save the genuine players like BB.

Which is fine with me, but don?t accuse me, that I don?t like the blues.

Picking up on ?Parker? again and talking about phrasing, I always wanted my Gtar to sound like that, like, my phrasing in ballads comes directly from him (I sometimes face the same troubles too, because of that, I think.)

So, in other words I love blues, but coming from this end of ?the big drink? (W.C.Fields) or Ocean, it?s evident I picked up other influences in music.

Of course the rediscovering of the ?Delta Blues? or Chicago Blues by the British players is evident too but the point is, that there?s a much broader scale in that scene which is derived from the older generations like Armstrong, Ellington, Basie, Jelly roll Morton, Bechet, Holiday (Madonna sings about tit)

That era, I find very attractive, why? Cause it has more humor, musically it sounds more surfacing, flatter, but in the meantime very musical, tasteful and last but not least, thank God, It swings!

Now the same feeling I get listening to reggae but being the man that I am, I hear Louis wailing through that stuff with Duke or Basie blowing in the background, d?Jango soloing or Oscar Aleman. Just rediscovered this genius on the Gtar by my engineer Neill Denholm, who only listens to that stuff on tour or wherever.

Well, I like to thank Paul Barrington for helping out en route, same goes for Clive Woodley.

Hope to see y?all in November in the UK, cause Don is booking already as soon as I finished saying: "I love to come back to this country more than just 12 days in May. (Less dust in the hay)

Jan A.

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