We've had many workshops at my college, but this one was particularily interesting. Music students such as me formed small ensembles to play tunes for the person hosting the workshop to get comments and criticism. One of your more "hands-on" workshops, I guess you could call it.
So I played Peri's Scope (I'm play piano) with a bassist (great fretless bass player, btw) and drummer. Everything went well in the song. I did my best Bill Evans imitation when I played the head and solos. So guess who hosted the workshop? (I've been saving this part for later for emphasis) None other than Fred Hersch. Oh great, and he was literally sitting right next to my watching me play. Not fun at all.
He had a few comments, but what it really round down to is that I need to get into the music more. I mean, I was expressing myself well, and I made my solo interesting and all, but I was staying within the boundaries too much.
I do have places in songs where I'll play some out-there stuff, but I tend to play more melodic solos rather than weirder things.
So anyways, it's kind of discouraging because there's so much pressure for jazz pianists such as myself to play weirdness.
You know what, I think I will go with the flow and play wacky stuff. I think it'll be fun, we'll see.