Friday, November 20, 2009
Was Miles the Anti-Frank?
This is the opposite of the Frank Zappa audition-from-hell story. The gig was Robbin's. He was asked in.
Problem is, you have to work to let it stay that way, and as Mr. Ford says, folks were falling by the wayside.
There's more there, where you can compare and contrast the two. Zappa has vibes double melody lines, really complex lines, just to say "I wrote this and they practiced hard to make it like I imagined it". Davis, especially Miles when Zappa was starting to roll in the late 60s and early 70s, was surrounding himself with people he liked and started playing. (Yeah, the jams were spliced into structure by Teo Macero.) Still, after some of the Zappa horror stories, I thought I was due an easy audition story.