Re: [Harp-L] Re: [HarpTalk] World Harmonica Festival report

Marcos has put his finger on a structural problem with the competitions. To avoid an endless list of categories, the organizers swept divergent styles with different criteria and traditions into single categories: jazz in with melody, and also blues in with folk. A virtuosic jazz performance can often overshadow a simple melody that is played with finesse and refinement. That said, for me personally, Marcin was the most musically satisfying of all the competitors, and I hope to hear more of him.

Winslow Yerxa
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 From: marcos coll <marcos_coll@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Sunday, December 8, 2013 5:35 AM
Subject: FW: [Harp-L] Re: [HarpTalk] World Harmonica Festival report

Hi Boris,as you are wonderin......The cathegory is called.....Jazz AND MELODYand Greg did two melodys......from legendary JAZZ  icon composers duke Ellington and Django Reinhart.....As you was also a contestant ,a  little respect to the winner would be wishes

MARCOS COLL 59 10999 Berlin
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> From: Boris Plotnikov <ploboris@xxxxxxxxx>
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> Actually I was wondered about this guy win jazz contest. His performance
> was ok, but too far from jazz playing in phrasing. For my taste Marcin had
> to be a winner instead of Greg.
> 2013/12/7 Richard Hunter <turtlehill@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > Winslow Yerxa wrote:
> > <The competition performance given by first-place winner Greg Miller in
> > the solo diatonic jazz category is this one:
> > <
> > <
> >
> > Very interesting.  Writing this from a train with no Youtube access; is
> > that the same Greg Miller who won the NHL's Harmonica Player of the Year
> > award in 2010?  I met him at a jam session at Ain't Nothin' But the Blues
> > in London a few months ago (as described at
> >  He
> > was playing straight-up Chicago blues at the time; not a hint of jazz in
> > his tone or his lines.  Don't that beat all. Some guys just don't show you
> > everything they've got on one tune...
> >
> > Regards, Richard Hunter
> >
> > author, "Jazz Harp" (Oak Publications, NYC)
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> >
> -- 
> Thanks, Boris Plotnikov
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