[JPL] Ken Burns transcripts on fusion

rick rick at jazzrockworld.com
Mon Jul 31 21:22:35 EDT 2006

I love it,

Didn't know that Curt posted that. 

"Tennis without a net" is my all time favorite example of someone that has
no clue what Jazz Rock Fusion is all about. (I remember falling on the floor
laughing when I watched it on PBS). It's the kind of thing someone would say
about an entire genre that knows nothing about it. For example, when you
generalize about piano players and can't tell the difference between Chick
Corea and Herbie Hancock, or even better, between George Duke and Jeff
Lorber, you're just ignorant. Not right or wrong, just ignorant. Yet those
people are the ones that get attention (that's why they were interviewed),
so their opinion becomes fact, when it's nothing of the sort. 

Now that's really sad. When the "pros" are ignorant and don't just own up to
a simple admission that they don't "like it" and therefore won't comment
further. Instead, they act as if they know something the average person
doesn't, and the impression is that their comments have real credence, when
it's just their personal rationale for not liking it. 

All that analyzing just to say it's not Jazz or not music - Gimme a break. 

I don't buy it for a minute. Plus, I doubt that it served any real purpose
other than to dissuade people from finding out for themselves. 

I might as well say it now and get it out there - Wynton is a terrible
ambassador. Great musician, bad statesman. If he stopped and prefaced his
comments with "this is my opinion" it would be different, but he speaks like
the Jazz Encyclopedia was written by him. Not good for anybody. 

I'm gonna get thrown out of this room yet...



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A page on a Joe Zawinul fan site has excerpted transcripts from the complete
interviews from the Ken Burns Jazz series in which the interviewees discuss
fusion.  I checked a couple of the transcripts (which are linked to from
that page).  I think the comments from the folks are interesting.  Joshua
Redman is very positive on the genre; others are lukewarm to nasty.

Here's the link:



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