[JPL] Boston Globe article on "sm**th jazz"

Tom Mallison tomthejazzman at earthlink.net
Thu Jul 20 19:19:41 EDT 2006


Chris gives an interesting concert and will be at JVC Newport this August. 
I have seen him several times and he always gets into the music of Miles
Davis in his concerts.  So, regardless of who he attracts for his gigs they
leave hearing some emphasis on Real Jazz.  He has a butt kicking group of
musicians.
ALOHA 
Tom


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> From: Ed Trefzger <ed at trefzgermedia.com>
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> Date: 7/20/2006 5:25:05 PM
> Subject: Re: [JPL] Boston Globe article on  "sm**th jazz"
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> On Jul 20, 2006, at 5:09 PM, Arturo wrote:
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> > Love it or hate it, smooth jazz is here to stay
> >
> > By Sarah Rodman, BOSTON GLOBE
> > Inside Bay Area
> >
> > CALL HIM POP. Call him jazz. Call him, if you must, a smooth
> > operator. But whatever you do, don't call the music that trumpeter
> > Chris Botti makes smooth jazz.
> > "We're not smooth jazz," Botti says, curtly.
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>
> Talk about a can of worms.
>
> The term "smooth jazz" has been an unfortunate one in many ways.   
> Botti is right, I think, when he draws parallels to Chet Baker in his  
> recent recording, yet his categorization as a "smooth" artist hurt  
> his attention on jazz radio.
>
> Many folks who disparage smooth jazz might find it benign if it were  
> called "instrumental pop" for example.
>
> Ed
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