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Awesome. Why was this unpublished for so many years? My one chance to see Jan Garbarek in the states came just after Frisell left, so I caught him with David Torn, Eberhard, and, I think, Michael DePasqua(?) on drums
Those ECM records meant a lot to me. This was a fascinating chance to learn many things about both Frisell, and the label itself.
This kind of piece is exactly what drew me to AAJ in the first place. I've been reading it for years before I started writing for it. I know you cringe at the superlatives John, but this, and all the other stuff you've been doing to spotlight Frisell's career in the last few days, is high water-mark stuff. Take a bow, my friend.
Thanks, Robert,. The interview was conducted, at the very beginning of my writing career (such as it is), for a use that never panned out. It, and about a dozen other interviews, are sitting in the can, and I'm going to go through them,as I did this, and see if they're usable. I had interviews with Arild Andersen, Eberhard Weber, Paul Bley, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, John Taylor, Peter Erskine...not sure if they're all as good as the source material here, but who knows until I look?
Thanks for the ultra-kind words about the writing..and, of course, about the site. I'm proud to be a part of it, that's for sure..as should you be!
OH MY GOD!! You have interviews "in-the-can" with Eberhard Weber and Kenny Wheeler!? Please, please publish. There's such a scarcity of written material about those guys. How is Eberhard doing. BTW? I read on some blog he wasn't in great health.
Hi Robert,Eberhard had a stroke a couple years back and, while he's doing much better, he had to stop touring with Garbarek, mostly because the road would not be a good thing. As I understand, he isplaying though.As for my interviews? Depends on how good they are. This one I always remember as being a great one that just needed to be shaped. The others I'll need to look at and see if they are really good source material. One more I had was Ralph Towner, btw. Kenny was tough - great guy, but doesn't have a lot to say about his music (mostly because he doesn't feel there IS much to say...the guy is painfully humble).But if you read my review of his latest record, the interview I refer to, where Norma Winstone called him "The Ellington of our Times" is one of those in the can interviews..I always remember her telling me that the day before I was to speak to Kenny. Then speaking to "the Ellington of our Times" to discover he was really down with talking about anything but his tremendous music!
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