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Well said Kavala.

I would add that if a player happens to be playing from a lead sheet or a fake book, it doesn't necessarily make them a lesser player either. If they are doing the tunes justice, developing a great solo over the changes etc what difference does it make.

Some people feel reading the music is limiting, I would argue that some other people find having the reference in front of them liberating to the point where they have the confidence to push boundaries in their playing etc. Just because they are using a chart doesn't mean the music is playing them. I think if you feel that it is, that is a personal thing that doesn't apply to everybody.

If you are so put off by how the guys/gals on stage appear, including the sight of music on stands, then you're missing the point anyway and distracting yourself from the music.

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