Interview with Mundell Lowe
“Jazz is a growing musical force. It will keep expanding and growing for many years to come.”
It’s an honour for me to start this new jazzblog with the interview I had with Mundell Lowe. Mundell Lowe, pioneer of the jazz-guitar, is a living legend and he is inventive now as he was more than 70 years ago. Wikipedia says: “He was born April 21 1922 in Laurel, Mississippi. In the 1930s he played country music and Dixieland jazz. He later played with big bands and orchestras, and on television in New York City. In the 1960s, Lowe composed music for films and television inNew York City and Los Angeles. He has performed and/or recorded with Billie Holiday,Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Helen Humes, Roy Buchanan, Charles Mingus, Stan Getz,Doc Severinsen, Kai Winding, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Benny Carter, Herb Ellis,Tal Farlow, Barry Manilow, André Previn, Ray Brown, Kiri Te Kanawa, Tete Montoliu, Harry Belafonte and others. Lowe was responsible for introducing the pianist Bill Evans to producer Orrin Keepnews resulting in Evan’s first recordings under his own leadership.”
Mr. Lowe, you’re active in jazzmusic for more than 70 years, that’s a lifetime. Has jazzmusic evoluated since you started? We know there are labels for different kinds of music, but (in the core) in what whay is jazz nowadadys different from modern jazz?
Jazz has grown a lot with the development of the use off different harmonies, and a better use of melody. Jazz has changed (grown) in many ways.
Which album you produced do you like the best? Why?
My favorite album is “Tacit For Neurotics”…best recorded, and better music (Alec Wilder Music)
You’re a musician’s musician. Do you still visit concerts? (and if so) Do you still learn from your youthful colleagues? Are you inspired by them?
Yes, I go to many concerts, and yes, I learn from most of them. There are some young musicians that have different views of music, which I do admire.
The late pianist Bill Evans has been introduced by you . He’s been an example for a generation of pianists. This year it’s thirtytwo years ago he has perished (as many great jazzmusicians passed last three decades). What does this mean to you?
Bill Evans was an exceptional musician he is missed by all people that have an advanced view of the new music, especially…jazz.
Is there jazz in the future? Jazz is the most recorded musicstyle by now, but do you think jazz will reach our youth?
Jazz is a growing musical force. It will keep expanding and growing for many years to come. And it is after al, one of the only art forms that we, the USA has produced.