|Ernie Watts Quartet
Flying Dolphin Records (c)2007
One of Ernie Watts’ favorite statements
about himself is: “I’m an analog man in a digital world.”
He relates with delight that he doesn’t own a computer, saying, “I
don’t do email.” He experimented with electronic instruments in
the ‘70s, went straight back to acoustic ones, and has stayed there.
If all the power went off at an Ernie Watts Quartet concert, they could keep
right on playing, and the audience would know that the most valuable kind of
electricity was still being produced. This type of electricity comes from a
group of committed jazz musicians who have played together for years, have
personal as well as musical connections, and unite as one in performance. As
Ernie says, “We become music.” Further electricity is provided
by Ernie’s original compositions, and those of Christof Saenger, Victor
Feldman, and Francois Moutin.
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