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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 112 | volume  | March-April, 2017



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 112March-April, 2017
Sound Reviews


Translated to English: Elizabeta Bakovska

p. 1
Mehmed Begić



    I've read somewhere (or somebody told me) that riff of a piece is what dangerously good jazz musicians call killer joe. Especially when they hear it for the first time. If a musician jumps in with a riff that he has just thought of and which will make everybody numb for a moment, and then slowly, one by one, as they join in with their instruments, there is a great chance that somebody will say in excitement: “Bro, this is a killer joe!”. And that is how a classic is born.

I don't remember where I heard it. I don't remember to the extent that I might have invented it. And my brain would not be what it is if the song would not take me to the theatre play under the same name, which would later turn into a film in which Killer Joe is nobody else but Matthew McConaughey, in person and with a gun. It was before True Detective confirmed that in the future there will be no fooling around with casting.

This Joe is different than the one when I started listrening to Jazztet's songs. But there is a common essence of the type: don't screw with me and maybe everything goes ok.

    Jazztet! What a good name for a band. A perfect name for anything. I imagine the situation: a smoky room, not a small one and not a big one. The instruments are set and plugged. The entrance is on the other side of the building where there is a bar with the bets music and a dancing team. In this room the trumpet player Art Farmer and the sax player Benny Golson restless rehearse with their friends. It is here that they come up with the song that they would call Killer Joe.

The truth is a bit different. Benny Golson composed this song in his apartment, in which he lived in 1959, at Manhattan, where his neighbour was Quincy Jones, who would often come by to steal some alcohol from his fridge, in any form. I imagine these scenes as Cramer’s barging at Seinfeld’s.

Killer Joe piece that we know is but its third version. The first two were fully destroyed by Benny. He ripped them, he tore them, he erased them. If he had listed to his wife, he would have destroyed the third

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