[JPL] Sean Jones/Gospel/Tomasz

Jim Wilke jwilke123 at comcast.net
Tue Aug 22 14:23:30 EDT 2006

Considering the significance of gospel and spirituals in early jazz 
(Black church music, marching bands at funerals, etc.) I'd say no, one 
shouldn't ignore those influences when they occur today ... see also 
Gerri Allen's new CD and those by Jimmy Greene,  Cyrus Chestnut, et al. 
   But it does make me uncomfortable when it begins to feel like 
proselytizing and I tend to avoid it then.   Perhaps one should listen 
to the music before you get too hung up on the titles, but public radio 
should probably avoid appearing to endorse or promote a particular 
religion.  Touchy question... no doubt.


On Tuesday, August 22, 2006, at 10:55  AM, Jae Sinnett wrote:

> The writing and arrangements on this release are wonderful. Sean and 
> Tia sound great as does the band. Certainly one of the most impressive 
> releases I've heard this year. I am curious about something.......Many 
> years ago now I remember sitting in on a staff content meeting and the 
> topic of music with religious overtones came up. Some debated that we 
> shouldn't play these pieces because they may offend others from 
> different denominational groups. I think at that time what spurred 
> this debate was Christmas then it went on from there. Fortunately from 
> my perspective we never had those discussions again and no order came 
> down that we had to limit what we played from this perspective but use 
> good judgement. I'm curious to know and considering the gospel and 
> spirtual overtones on this release are there any that might perhaps 
> shy away from playing a recording like this because of these religious 
> inflections? Perhaps a sensitive topic but I am curious if other 
> stations had similar
>  debates about this.
>   Is the recording quality on this Tomasz Stanko Quartet release 
> magnificent or what? One thing for sure Manfred Eicher knows how to 
> record some music. I'm playing "Song For Ania" and "Sweet Thing" from 
> "Lontano." Beautiful.
>   Jae Sinnett
>   Norfolk VA

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