Saturday, March 02, 2013

So Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle ended up doing an impromptu comedy set together earlier this week. After I got over my jealousy, and my fantasies of seeing both comedians in concert together, I started thinking. In the 50s and 60s, jazz musicians like Miles, Dizzy and Bird would collaborate all the time, it really wasn't a big deal--in fact I'm 100% sure they didn't do it for the fans, but they did it for themselves. How else do you know where you measure against the best, if you don't subject yourself to a face-to-face meeting (with the audience playing the role of fans/judges)? Or maybe the artists are big fans of their competition, and sharing the stage during the jam is a huge thrill for them. I hope this is a trend that doesn't die anytime soon. I love Chappelle and Rock. I loved it when the Roots and John Legend did an album together. I love PTI with Wilbon and Kornheiser, and I love movies with Pesci and DeNiro. Apparently I love rambling too.

More about the Rock/Chapelle show here

1 comment:

Jazzbrew said...

There is nothing more motivating than playing or performing with other people. It keeps you on your game! I love the fact that LARGE cats like Dave and Chris will just pop up at a club - start riffing on things. It is definitely like jazz and the jam session. Keeps you sharp. I need to get my dusty ass back out there.