[JPL] NEA Jazz Masters Announced...NYTimes 10/9/06

Jae Sinnett jaejazz at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 10 16:44:30 EDT 2006


Mike, while I certainly understand what you're saying about Ramsey and agree to a point I would separate what he's produced for the most part from his true ability as a pianist. I can assure you he's a much better pianist than what meets the ear. Two fairly and all too few recent examples would on be the GRP All Star Big Band release "All Blues" with the "Aunt Hagar's Blues" track and some amazing piano accompaniment with Nancy Wilson on "God Bless the Child" from his "Simple Pleasures" release on Narada Jazz. Unfortunately he doesn't play like this on the rest of the CD. That's my main beef with him. Never understood why someone with this level of ability decides not ultilize their true musical talent but I'm sure it's for the simple reason of not sounding too artistically deep for their audience - to remain perhaps from his point of few - accessible....which actually is the complete antithesis of jazz and this is where I agree with you. 
   
  Jae Sinnett    

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Congratulation to them all. It's a great honor to be sure.

Now that I understand there is a "campaign" aspect to being selected, doesn't make Ramsey freakin' Lewis' inclusion any less strange and out of place. In fact his addition as a pianist in the company of those who preceed him is a sham, plain & simple.

Ramsey Lewis joins:
Basie
Teddy Wilson
Jay McShann
Barry Harris
Hank Jones
Ahmad Jamal
Horace Silver
Dave Brubeck
Tommy Flanagan
Marian McPartland
John Lewis
McCoy
Herbie
Chick
Shirley Horn


There are times when I'm not the most PC person in the world, and now is one of them.

Even among this year's entries doesn't his name seem out of place? I mean, how would one introduce this guy to an audience? Whatever it is they'll come up with he's going to sound way better than the actual results. "As a long time champion of mostly middle of the road offerings, and as the long time host on BET, behind some of the softest stuff on the planet, and let's not forget his own multi-decade career on piano ocassionally playing a few things that were *nice*, and oh BTW, as one of the darlings of PBS/PRI had one hell of a campaign............."

http://www.nea.gov/national/jazz/alljazzmasters.html Here, you can find all the previous winners. 

Mike Schwartz/KSJS

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Masters of Jazz

The big-band leader Toshiko Akiyoshi, the pianist
Ramsey Lewis and the vocalist Jimmy Scott are among
seven musicians who have been designated Jazz Masters,
the nation’s highest jazz honor, by the National
Endowment for the Arts, The Associated Press reported.
The others are the hard-bop trombonist Curtis Fuller;
the tenor saxophonist and influential flutist Frank
Wess; the alto saxophonist Phil Woods, who was honored
in the composer-arranger category; and Dan
Morgenstern, director of the Institute of Jazz Studies
at Rutgers University, who was chosen in the jazz
advocacy category. They are to receive their awards,
including a $25,000 fellowship, at a ceremony and
concert on Jan. 12 in New York. 



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