Rognvald wrote:O.K. . . . for the record, Jason is a very accomplished Classical musician/artist and kudos to him for stretching out into different genres of music to expand his palette. However, since this Forum is predominately devoted to Classical Guitar and most of the practitioners are CG's, I want it to be clear as a Classical player with a lengthy background in R&B, Funk, Jazz-Rock, and Jazz, that his performance of "In a Sentimental Mood" is a Classical musician's take on a Jazz classic and in no way represents a Jazzer's rendition. His tempo, emphasis, and breathing are studied and predictable and although he shows great expression on his face, to my ears he is playing from the sheet music in his head.
For the record, Vieaux is a big jazz fan. I’ve seen his book and CD collections—they’re chock full of jazz stuff. He performs and records with the jazz bandoneón player Julien Labro. And don’t get him started on Pat Metheny, or any other jazz guitarist for that matter. (By the way, Metheny just wrote him a piece.)
Vieaux is no stiff as an improviser. Back in the day I played gigs with him. He often would go off script and improvise his part.
So although no one should enshrine him as a jazz icon, Vieaux is hardly a clueless classical prude.
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