Hi there folks,
I wanted to bring up a topic that has been hinted at time and again in various threads... This idea of, what Django would have thought about today's gypsy Jazz scene if he had lived.
Sometimes in a thread, someone will bring up the fact that Django seemed less interested in the gypsy swing jazz he created, and more interested in Bebop towards the end of his life.
Often those who post this imply or directly say that he would have laughed at the Gypsy jazz movement he himself created.
Setting aside the obvious argument that -we will never know now will we?... I would like to make a few points.
First off, it is in our nature as humans to evolve in every way possible, and as artists, we NEED to always be growing and changing or we get bored and lose interest. This doesn't in any way impugn our past creations. So of course Django gravitated towards bebop near the end. It was new, exciting, and innovative (if not particularly melodic or pleasant to listen to in MY ass shaped opinion).
does this mean then that, had he lived another 30 or 40 years, Django would have laughed at the gypsy Jazz movement he created ? OR... Is it possible, that seeing the new artists present their "take" on the style, would have re-inspired him to join the continuing evolution ?
Consider that fact that, for example, many "classic rock" bands (if their primary members survived their crazy shenanigans in the 60's that is) ended up re-forming to make a living off of playing their classic tunes live etc.
Would Django have perhaps cashed in on his status as the creator of the style ?
OR even more sobering, would the gypsy Jazz movement still have taken on a life of it's own and become what it is today had django lived ?? Perhaps his death, and ensuing legend, were necessary for gypsy jazz to grow.
As Ben "Obi wan" kenobi said "If you kill me vader, I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine"...
Your thoughts ?