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July 07, 2011

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David

Very interesting things can happen when Zeitlin is paired with another iconoclastic musician in a duo setting. I'm thinking of the albums with David Friesen and with David Grisman. Neither was a first encounter. Denny had done duo concerts with Friesen, and jammed informally with Grisman over the years. A high level of communication had developed. A lot of composing and arranging went into the albums, but there is also a lot of spontaneous interplay.

Win Hinkle

I think you are quite on target in your comparison of Evans and Zeitlin. The did know each other and saw each other when Evans played in San Francisco. There approaches to playing are distinctively dissimilar.

Bruno Leicht

Thanks for this very inspiring article, and the links to Mr. Zeitlin's universe.

As for the comparison between Bill Evans & Denny Zeitlin:

Bill would never have touched the strings. -- And both's rhythmic concepts are entirely different. -- But we're living in a new millennium, practically in a new world. -- When Bill Evans passed away in Autumn 1980, there was no internet, not even cell phones. -- Communication has changed in a radical way, and so, jazz, or improvisation - which is the highest form of musical communication, in my opinion -, it simply has to be played differently.

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