Time to crown the ‘Supreme Commander of Poinciana’!
As most of you know the BATTLE held on March 1 here at Far Away Series was a collaboration with Mr. BOTB, Stephen T. McCarthy. We each featured the song ‘Poinciana’ using four different artists. At that time both BATTLES were pretty much blow-outs with Danny Gatton winning at Mr. McCarthy’s BATTLE and Ahmad Jamal winning here. My BATTLE on March 15 was a face-off BATTLE between these two winners.
I was a little disappointed in the outcome of this face-off BATTLE. Considering that the strictly jazz version by Ahmad Jamal was a blow-out over The Keith Jarrett Trio (another strictly jazz version) I thought more of you would hold to you vote from March 1, but that was not to be. I guess in the end when it comes to ‘strictly jazz’ most of you are not fans.
Instead this face-off BATTLE was another blow out in favor for what I consider to be a more rock than jazz version by Mr. Danny Gatton.
Now don’t none of you get me wrong and start putting words into my writing here; I think Danny Gatton is a superb guitar virtuoso and his rendition of “Poinciana’ is excellent. I liked it so much that I voted in favor of Mr. Gatton over Glenn Miller (a favorite of mine) in the March 1 BATTLE and Mr. McCarthy’s site. BUT, I like jazz, and when I say jazz, I mean that ‘strictly jazz’ sound completely undisturbed by a more raucous rock sounding guitar.
So, nobody will be surprised that in the face-off BATTLE I cast my vote for Ahmad Jamal. I could listen to his version all day long. I enjoy Danny Gatton’s version and there are certainly times when I would crank up the stereo and enjoy the heck out of his ‘Poinciana’, but not necessarily all day long.
The final tally was a disappointing blow-out:
Danny Gatton 15 votes
Ahmad Jamal 6 votes (including mine)
Most of you are familiar with my philosophy about BATTLE outcomes; the closer the BATTLE the better the BATTLE. Well, by that criteria this wasn’t a very good one, but in MY defense, it was a face-off, and one that I seriously thought would have a better turn out.
Ah, you can’t win ‘em all.
I’ll be back on April First with some
BATTLE for you.
Until that time…Happy Trails!
Here is some more 'great jazz' by Mr. Jamal to tide you (or at least me) over until next time.