|The 1984 Chevy Celebrity: Guaranteed to NOT attract women.....|
|The Andrew Sisters: They really influenced||Destiny's Child......|
|Frank Zappa:" Jazz Isn't Dead, It Just Smells Funny..."|
|Ken Burns: now what instrument did he play?|
It's no wonder that young people are increasingly less interested in Jazz; it seems as though you have to study all this history in order to make sense out of any recording or performance. I think many people want to just enjoy music for what it is, what they perceive it to be, rather than what Ken Burns or Wynton Marsalis or writer Stanley Crouch (who I respect and he's actually been quite nice to me over the years)think it's supposed to be. Folks in general just want to be entertained, or at least relax, when they listen to music. They don't necessarily want a history lecture all the time. They might like the melody, or the rhythm, or they might respond to the energy. But does Jazz need to "pay homage to the masters" or "authentically swing" or "respect the tradition" in order for people to enjoy it?
|Bill Haley and The Comets: So Hardcore.....|
And although I have opinions about whether or not Jazz should progress, or change with the times, this is a separate issue. Even today's musicians who play in an older style should have as much chance to be heard as a Theolonious Monk re-issue, or a remastered Art Blakey recording. I just think there is something weird about all the CDs that are being put out by LIVING musicians, regardless of stylistic leanings, and yet a box set of Miles Davis "Live at The Plugged Nickel" and the like will always get more attention.
|Phil Schaap, A Walking Wikipedia of Jazz|
One problem I see in today's Jazz education, and even in my own playing, is a focus on very old tunes.(Although I do stand by my argument that you should NOT be allowed to graduate from jazz school if you can't play "All The Things You Are" convincingly.) And, yes, there are so many great old tunes, and I love to discover new-to -me old standards and so forth. And I say this as someone who spent part of the 90's and all of the 2000's in New York, playing mostly original music by contemporary players. Before I moved to New York, I learned many Monk tunes, Wayne Shorter tunes, Benny Golson tunes, etc... And these tunes are great, BUT, why aren't we playing tunes by Mark Turner, or Kevin Hayes, or David Gilmore, or Christian McBride? I do see modern tunes pop up more and more, but this should be the norm, not the exception. If the infamous Real Book is what people are pulling out on gigs and jam sessions, then we are talking about very old tunes; all pre-1970's tunes(the Real Book came out in the 70's...).
|Why not a Real Book for the New Millennium?|