[JPL] Crisis! What Crisis?

jazzrockworld rick at jazzrockworld.com
Sun Aug 13 12:18:26 EDT 2006


Hi Ed,

I remember Contemporary Jazz, now that you mention it. In my article I
referred to it as "Music without a name". 

As I recall, it got tossed back into the Jazz section where it came from,
and that's why Kenny G is found in the Jazz section when he's not exactly
Jazz, he's (for lack of a better term) a popular instrumentalist. I'm sure
everyone here read the Pat Metheney rant on Kenny G? It's an interesting
read. (In a music forum somewhere, someone said they knew Pat and that it
sounds just like him).  

  http://www.jazzoasis.com/methenyonkennyg.htm

Best,

Rick



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In a message dated 8/11/2006 1:16:37 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Ricky Schultz
writes:
the real irony is that it was the rise of Contemporary Jazz that spawned
the format but once the format was branded, Contemporary Jazz was tossed out
with the bathwater.  Suddenly the post fusion music of Metheny, Duke,
Hancock, Corea, Crusaders, Yellowjackets, Clarke, Michael Franks, Strunz &
Farah, Bela Fleck, Spyro Gyra, etc etc was to a large extent without a
home. you couldn't hear a George Benson track with an extended  solo; the
biggest, most popular and in many instances most talented  musicians were
passed over?>

Why did they toss it?  Especially if it is as popular with audiences as its
supporters say it is? That doesn't make any sense.  I'm confused.  

Dan Polletta
WCPN-FM
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