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GUEST,jonesey Modernizing the Tradition (44) RE: Modernizing the Tradition 09 Apr 02

Saw a band from California at the Highland Games in Edinboro, PA this past summer called 'Bad Haggis'. It was a jazz combo with a piper. The instrumentation was drums, bass, electric guitar and keyboards. The piper doubled on the keys. They were real good musically and while I appreciated them on that level it sounded a bit forced. The piper had chops to be sure and played the traditional things with aplomb the combination of instruments just didn't work from an aural perspective. It just sounded like someone blowing the pipes over some jazz riffs...which is exactly what it was! I'm all for progress as I've posted before about the jam band I've got with my nephews, but this combination simply didn't work. I've heard other attempts at this type of thing and while I respect the spirit of innovation and the virtuosity it takes most of the time it just doesn't work and ends up sounding like a 'B' movie soundtrack. Of course, there are plenty of people who will disagree. If it generates interest in more traditional stylings then everyone wins.

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