[JPL] Crisis! What Crisis?

jazzrockworld rick at jazzrockworld.com
Sat Aug 12 01:26:02 EDT 2006


Hi Lazaro,

Great tag line...

After reading the article, I'm inclined to agree about the written standards
being lower than what is typically found here. On the other hand, if we
ignore that issue and read between the lines, there are some valid points
made by the writer.  

My interview with Dr. Levin regarding the popularity of Jazz/Fusion as it
relates to societal behavior suggests an agreement of sorts with the white
paper by Dyske Suematsu. There is a correlation between the ability to
understand the abstract and enjoy Jazz. Dr. Levin pointed out that only
about one third of the population has the ability to appreciate the
abstract. I see a confirmation of that in other "Arts" as well. 

There is also some merit to the idea that the word Jazz is dead - not the
music, but the word. Being a Fusion fan, we have been saying for years that
Fusion needs a new name. I don't see where it's significantly different for
Jazz. Peter Erskine said in my interview "Just for the record: Weather
Report always rejected the name (word) "fusion" ... claiming the band'
played "modern American music" ... jazz rock or fusion are handy terms ...
jazz rock sounds a bit dated and faded, like an old pair of bell-bottomed
pants. Maybe fusion is better (though I usually tend to picture Billy Cobham
as soon as I hear the word!)" If we apply that concept to Jazz as opposed to
Fusion, it can lead to similar opinions. 

Crisis? If this is a crisis, it's been a crisis for a long time.

Best,

Rick Calic
www.jazzrockworld.com 






-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:jazzproglist-bounces at jazzweek.com] On Behalf Of Lazaro Vega
Sent: Friday, August 11, 2006 9:48 PM
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Subject: Re: [JPL] Crisis! What Crisis?

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p.s. that blogg Why Americans Don't Like Jazz
<http://www.dyske.com/index.php?view_id=778> is a better example of how
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Americans don't like jazz because men and women are different. I'm blinded
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