Well I play blues bass (electric and upright) not jazz and I'm just clarifying trying not to come across all snobby blues elitists. (its hard to do when you can't see the other person)
Its not just you but it happens all the time. Somewhere along the line someone brainwashed the world that when they hear the word blues they immediately respond Oh I love jazz
I reply I don't play jazz
Then they reply Well jazz blues its all the same
I then tell them there are jazz musicians who can't play the blues and blues musicians who can't play jazz. While there are ones who can do both and they are definitely related. I then give them this scenario. If you were to ask someone who cooked for a living what type of cook they were and he replied I cook at a Chinese restarant
and you replied Oh really,I just love Mexican food
While they do use some of the same ingredients they are not the same. Like I said I just don't know when this brainwashing happened but somebody is responsible and he's in big trouble when I find him.
The other thing is just because I play in a blues band doesn't mean I'm a blues slob its just what I play. I have a pretty wide scope of appreciation. One of my biggest issues with the jam bands is song length. I just don't like long songs. I'll hear a song and think Man I 'd really like that song if it were a minute or two shorter
My favorite bands live in the world of moderation and foresight. They think of this in all aspects of their music. Not too many fast songs,not too many slow songs,not too many quiet songs,not too many loud songs, not too many three chord songs,not too many songs with one good lyric thats repeated over and over again.... I could go on. I think there are a lot of bands out there that are just missing that element. They fall into that habit and never get out because it still sells records. The really sad part to me is I hear this and think they are just right there on the cusp of greatness and if that little light would go off in their heads you could be looking at the second coming of The Beatles. Music nowadays is full of extremely talented people who instead of really being their true self they rely on a gimmick. They over sing,over angst,over melancholy,over whispery airy,over lilt, over falsetto but the worst is no vibrato control. It seems like nobody can just sing or hold a note without doing some vocal scale acrobatics. See Jess and you thought you were bad you got me started and please don't take this as being anything specifically against you or about jam bands. I feel most poular forms of music nowadays suffers from these things. In fact I was watching a little something the other day on TV about My Morning Jacket and I thought it was pretty tasteful. SOOOOO sorry for being so long winded!!!!