Randy 'Rare' Resnick

tapping pioneer

Randy Resnick has played guitar with many blues greats, such as Don 'Sugarcane' Harris and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.

"I hate jazz. It's so repetitive"

There are two jazz stories I like to tell people. 

The first happened in Southern California in an Orange County beach town. I was walking by a club and saw a stage set up. A waitress was standing right near the open door, so I asked her, "Do you have live music tonight?" to which she replied, "No, just jazz."

The second, on the road, is a little more sophisticated.

We were entertaining some women in our hotel room, and we had a tape playing, some kind of avant garde from Ron Carter and Wayne Shorter, I think. One of the guests said, "I hate jazz." I asked "Why do you hate jazz?" She said, "Because it's so repetitive." We continued socializing, partying. Those tunes lasted 10-15 minutes. When the head (melody) of the song was played again, the woman perked up, smiled triumphantly and said "See, so repetitive!"

The funniest part of this is that she recognized the melody! 

I give you Ornette Coleman's "Round Trip". The solo was transcribed in Downbeat Magazine.