The following contrasting musicians of each discipline have ONE thing in common:
Piano, Count Basie:Oscar Peterson; Drums, Ringo Starr:Buddy Rich; Vocal, Barbra Streisand:Billie Holiday; Guitar, Jeff Beck:Lenny Breau; Bass, Ray Brown:John Patitucci; Violin, Itzhak Perlman:Stephane Grappelli; to name a very few who are important to me.
This is NOT about genre; NOT about technical expertise; NOT about anything other than why they are appealing, recognized, etc.. They are actually saying something when they create music so, we tend to want to listen! It isn’t about how they play, it’s about what they are communicating when they emanate their ideas in a particular context.
It’s really no different from giving a speech or even having a conversation. You are saying something or you are not saying something. We seem to know when we are being bull sh***ed in these instances and yet somehow when it comes to music we are taken in by technical grandeur, showmanship or sometimes even volume (velocity).
Music is a language (like any other) with which we communicate our ideas, some emulated, some original. As with any language, one needs the tools, knowledge and experience in order to effectively communicate an idea.
Leon Redbone; Do we believe him?