Tuesday, April 22, 2003

There was a great vocal jazz concert this evening in Opperman, featuring the twenty-voice "After Five" vocal group and Leon Anderson's small jazz combo (not together). Leon even sat in on a few tunes to show off his rockin' drum acrobatics.

  • Soloists who aren't plagued with thirty-second note envy
  • Solos with a tune and a direction
  • A good bari sax player
  • Trumpeters who can sound like they're playing flugelhorn
  • Small group jazz vocals
  • Unpretentious solos
  • Closed position vocals planing chromatically
  • Male soloists that don't come off as cheap lounge singers
  • Fun tunes
  • The font

  • When a concert is an hour too long because everyone solos on every song
  • When the bass player goes harmonically kooky in his solo
  • Songs obviously written just for soloing
  • The fact that there are no male soloists that don't come off as cheap lounge singers
  • Drum solos that go for more than a phrase
  • Clapping after every single solo like it's the State of the Union address
  • Singers who just don't have that definitive quality of voice for jazz vocals but still do it
  • Male soloists who can't dance trying to dance, or male soloists that don't know what to do with their hands and look like Eminem on uppers
  • Male soloists doing anything by Gershwin
  • Hell, any male singer singing live outside of an ensemble setting.

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