02/22/02 - 00:26:56
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Maybe it's problematic to use "jamband" as a kind of static designation (like, one either is or isn't a jamband) rather than as a description of how a particular band plays on a given night. What do others think?|
For me, a big part of the answer (re: "Is ____ a jamband?") would depend on just how freely the musicians can improvise: are they willing to take real risks & head out in at least SOME directions they haven't previously explored (& might run into trouble getting back from), & just see what happens ...or are they staying pretty much within known parameters (time, quoting, etc.)...so that it's fairly safe & the return (& structure, & maybe mood) is never in doubt.
I think I'd vote for the "process" kind of description over any once-and-for-all designation.
Interesting question, Mike, et al...
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