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September 13th! Views Austin Peralta Saturn Austin Peralta. Del Monte Speakeasy March 15th!!! Worldwide Awards ! Andreya Triana is singing with us. Posted in Shows on October 29, by austinperalta. Austin Peralta. Blog at WordPress. Loading Comments Email Required Austin Peralta Required Website. It must have been someone whose judgment I trusted. Not a paid publicist or record label flack—probably a seasoned LA musician whose opinions I took seriously.
The advice, as I recall, was short and to-the-point, along the lines of: Ted, pay attention to this LA teenager named Austin Peralta. I can say with certainty that I had no interest in Peralta as a jazz child prodigy. There are few music critics less interested in child prodigies than I.
The first Austin Peralta is the over-hyped talent who is nowhere Austin Peralta as good as the press releases claim. If you have enough money to spend, you can even get radio airplay and fawning reviews. It sure looks good on the college application. On the other hand, there are genuine child prodigies, with enormous talent. But even here, I find the whole situation distasteful. No matter how awesome their ability, children should not be releasing jazz albums. They need time to mature and find their individual sound and approach.
Consider the case of Joey Alexander, the most hyped child prodigy in jazz in recent memory. The first time I heard him play, I knew immediately that he had huge upside potential. Alexander is the real deal. Even if the finger dexterity is impressive, the emotional depth and sense of individualism—absolutely essential elements in jazz—will be lacking at that age. If you have any doubts, just look at the teen sports world and count the tragic stories.
But he may Austin Peralta holding on to his audience, because he built his public image as a precocious whiz kid, fast and glib at the keyboard—a rare adolescent, no doubt, but embraced by various interests as a marketable commodity.
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