I cannot impress enough the importance of live music. There is absolutely nothing like listening to the collective sound of musical instruments being played right before your eyes. There is no rewind button, there isn’t always a structured plan. The group I’m listening to now ( Yuba Rio Hot Club) had a walkin guitar player join them, and a bass man stand in today. Their sound is so polished and inventive, you’d never know it!
The collaboration of artists, each with their own experience, talents, opinions, likes and dislikes, is just something else. That’s not to say a single artist can’t entertain wonderfully, however there certainly is something to say about how a song fills out so well with multiple instruments covering the low & high frequencies, syncopating their rhythms to compliment each other. Taking solos where needed, featuring each member of the band. Almost like they read each others mind.