George Bedard 2011
But really it's we Ann Arborites who should be paying homage. George Bedard is a craftsman in a music whose primary aesthetic has been do-it-yourself, a local hero in a business where most people split for the big city, and a thinker who has worked out styles to their depths instead of pursuing the shock of the new. Every note in his solos is considered, every texture related to the harmony. The end result is music that gets into your bones.
[Originally published in July, 2011.]