I just ran across this (http://www.djangobooks.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8
) great essay Michael wrote and subsequent discussion in 2005. Definitely one of the most interesting and encouraging essays I've read about jazz.
At one point, Michael says:
I think its perfectly acceptable for a musician to play Django's music, even note for note, if they do it well with the trad. technique. These solos are classic and are worth repeating. If you've got some good original ideas, then use those too. If you don't, then steal other peoples! You'll sound better. I always tell my students that a good musical idea is a precious thing. If you've learned a phrase: you can execute it technically, you understand how it fits with the harmony, etc...you should make as much use of it as you can. Django did...he repeated the same ideas for over 20 years. How else can we fill this void we call a "solo?"
What are some of examples of these same ideas? I'm not looking for transcribed solos, but could we get some sort of annotated listening going on? I'd really like to hear these.
I don't know whether I'll ever be an excellent player if I keep practicing, but I'm absolutely sure I won't be if I stop.