Re: [Harp-L] Gussow in Princeton Alumni Weekly
I was told about an interesting exchange between Estrin and Gussow
about a similar subject and it went something like,
" while you were goin' ta Yale , I was goin' to jail . . ."
Pretty much sums it up.
On Oct 4, 2011, at 7:46 PM, The Iceman wrote:
Personally, I don't see these guys as trying too hard to emulate. I
see them as embracing, understanding and moving forward, as each
one still catches my total interest when I hear them play. Rick
brings a high degree of humor and fun to the mix, Kim has an
unearthly momentum and Rod sounds 10 ft tall.
If blues was to really evolve and sound more modern, wouldn't it
start to mix in drum machines, beat box rhythms, synthesizers and
everything else that has evolved in the music world since the 1950s?
From: RON SMITH <ron@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: harp-l <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tue, Oct 4, 2011 3:10 pm
Subject: [Harp-L] Gussow in Princeton Alumni Weekly
Interesting article but I didn't agree with his statement below,
the article: I guess three of the best and most successful harp
got it all wrong. (Yeah right)
As Gussow sees it, this perceived need to stay true to the music's
led many blues performers to stagnate. He singles out contemporary
blues harpists such as Kim Wilson, Rod Piazza, and Rick Estrin,
by trying too hard to emulate the old blues masters, they have
an unduly conservative approach to what ought to be a more vital and
evolving kind of music. "It has been -costumed [and] profoundly
onto that old-time stuff like it's the only way to go," he says. "They
I happened to get this magazine in the mail and was surprised to see a
harmonica on the cover, then realized it was Adam Gussow (didn't
was a Princeton guy!).
Interesting line in the article about the students at his workshop
like a Cialis commercial -- I had noticed in the photo all the T-
bellies hanging over the waist bands of the shorts -- but the
hadn't occured to me. Above is a link to the on-line article.
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