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  • George Diehl wrote on June 06, 2007 report

    I am so indebted to Poston / LA Jazz Institute for sponsoring these great programs and making these wonderful experiences possible that I am reluctant to comment.

    But this is a terrible problem.

    Isn't it crazy to watch a soloist in small intimate venues, but not hear the sound coming from the instrument, but be distracted and "look" at the loud speakers?

    Does anyone remember what a piano really sounds like? These sound guys turn great grand pianos, basses and other acoustic instruments into electric toys. (Fortunately there are still symphony halls, where great music is performed on great instruments WITHOUT any amplification or other enhancement! Check out Severance Hall in Cleveland!)

    This problem is everywhere, with no solution insight, but it is amazing to me that Ken Poston and the world class musicians performing and in the audience don't DEMAND improvement. Everybody involved is interested in the heritage of this great art form / music. Wouldn't it be great to hear bands as they were during their era, unamplified, except for "electric" guitars and singers?

    The Poston shows would be a great venue for experimentation. For a portion of a performance, simply turn OFF the sound system and let everybody at least experience true / real sound. The audience could "vote" whether the system should be turned on. Tony Bennett has been doing this in many of his personal appearances in the great movie theater palaces, with very positive response.

    I mentioned my concerns to Ken during the first concert of my first LA Jazz Institute event, The Tribute to Woody and Stan. He was courteous of course, but did not seem very interested in making improvement. Maybe the system was turned down one notch, but those actions are long forgotten.

    I thought the irony of this problem was the large number of requests from the stage to the sound system guys to "crank up the monitors!!!, i.e., the sound system has the room so drowned with noise that the musicians can't listen to each other the way we all learned to play.

    If you want to hear blending, try to attend some of the rehersals at the October meeting. There you can experience true sounds and natural blending.

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