[JPL] Who is Jazz's Greatest Living Legend?
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Fri Mar 23 20:15:29 EDT 2007
The great JJ Johnson passed away in 2001 at the age of 77.
There is an amazing video of him on YouTube playing with Sonny Stitt and Howard McGhee:
Can't quite figure out who's in the rest of the band, but man they're smoking !!
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> In a message dated 3/23/2007 12:14:34 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> merrillfla at aol.com writes:
> <<..There are no greatest living legends.
> What makes a living legend?It's a matter of taste..>>
> I think claims like "best" are a matter of taste, and should be discouraged.
> But "living legends" should be identifiable through a combination of chops,
> inventiveness, and fame. Some great musicians have not achieved that last
> element, and what is a legend if not at the top of the fame game?
> (Examples: Carl Saunders, Cecil Taylor, J.J. Johnson, Phil Woods;
> although perhaps J.J. and Phil have achieved high visibility, I'm not sure
> has achieved the level of fame they deserve, and I don't believe they were on
> anyone's lists).
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