[JPL] good career move

Jim Wilke jwilke123 at comcast.net
Wed Jul 12 12:20:21 EDT 2006

On Jul 12, 2006, at 8:06 AM, POWDERSPAM at aol.com wrote:
> he has nothing on glenn gould for pure gonzo attitude.
> -david

I think GG used to have his own piano shipped from venue to venue,  
along with his favorite squeaky wooden folding chair.   He preceded  
Keith Jarrett as the archtype groaner.   After I played one  
particularly noticeable vocal-laced recording by GG on a classical  
station I was moved to say "That was Glen Gould singing, and  
accompanying himself at the piano, in the Bach Partita ...... "        
Gould eventually quit playing public concerts saying it was an  
archaic practice, and thereafter only made recordings.   As I recall,  
he compared concerts to bullfighting - people only show up to see if  
something goes horribly wrong!

You could write a book about pianists and "piano shaped objects" -   
It would be a great mix of humor and agony.

Jim Wilke
Jazz After Hours, PRI

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