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February 12th, 2007, 18:23
Originally Posted by dteowner View Post
I must have made Mike mad…
Naw, just busy as heck … and not sure where we're going.

My point with the whole RtF thing was that mixing 'mastery of craft' in with 'mastery of art' is a dangerous thing. You made a remark about the RtF stuff being pointless. That song, in particular, is one of my faves as a bassist but least faves as a hack composer - it really has loads of 'elements' but not a lot of harmonic threads tying them all together. That is fairly typical in Stanley Clarke's stuff. I like Al DiMeola, but he also suffers from limited composition chops - especially in the shadow of a master such as Chick Corea.

But that record represents some of the best of the traditional 'fusion' genre - a genre marked by extremely high levels of technical mastery yet low levels of creative artistry.
-- Mike
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