OH NO! I consider Joe Jackson to be the most talented musician of all time - brilliant arranger, tremendous piano chops, wizard songwriter, maestro. He and Stevie Wonder - huge gifts to music.
JJ just went on Jimmy Kimmel to play "Steppin Out" and I stayed up until 1 in the morning to hear it, even though I had the PVR on.
First it starts with Joe's typical scale-running solo arpeggio as he often does, clueing in the rhythm section when they enter by hand. Then I noticed, wow- the bass player isn't doing the trademark 8/5/1/5 repeat looping bass line, he's doing 8/5/1/pause which was distracting. With the Tuba dancing around, that would've sounded like a marching band.
I can't tell if Joe was ok with it.
The performance reminded me of when at a wedding the band allows one of the guests to sit in, and the guest player can't follow the rhythm section. Joe is so picky about his band, he loves his bass player Graham, I don't know why he was ok with the "roof" playing alongside. They didn't know the song, you could tell. Argh. Where's your team, Joe?
So with the bassist muting half of his measure, scaling up but not down, Joe's voice and timing were swimmy and lost. He then jumps in with the second verse randomly without doing the first chorus. When the band glances up to see the soloist, while nodding, you can tell they're trying to hide their confusion.
At the end of his performance, his face isn't moving properly. He has added chin points and massive cheekbones. He has a hard time smiling or turning his head. His neck looked immobile. He doesn't look the same.
I read his book, "A Cure For Gravity" and it was fantastic. I couldn't put it down. He's just absolutely a brilliant magician musician and mind. I can play pretty much every Joe Jackson song he's done because he makes piano super fun with his rich chords. I like how he sings too. He's awesome.
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