Music: Let's Face It

Bandleader Artie Shaw had tried feeding long-hair music to shorthair audiences (in Manhattan's Bop City—TIME, April 25) and wound up, at least figuratively, "with egg on my face." But he had learned a lot: "Let's face it, I was being pretty rigid."

Artie had discovered that "it's necessary to give an audience some familiar points of reference before you can expect it to go along on new things." He thought a band made up just about like the one that had first won him fame & fortune ten years ago (eight brasses, five saxophones...

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