[JPL] Hello and a major query

Rick McLaughlin rick at rickmclaughlin.com
Tue Jun 12 21:39:13 EDT 2007

Hi Linda,

I know that there are a zillion replies to your email, and man, I hope that
by jumping into the middle of this that I'm not stepping on anyone's toes.

>From my point of view - musician, got a couple of music degrees, do some
gigs, teach a bunch, and I'm (ahem) well I'm in your target age demographic
- anyway, I can't say enough about Brooklyn.  Anything happening in
Brooklyn, any musician in Brooklyn, ok I may be overstating it.  But
Radiohead covers are well and good, but yesterday's news.  I have a couple
of amazing (IMO) arrangements of Bjork tunes that I am dying to get recorded
- except that if Radiohead is yesterday's news, then by the time I get these
things recorded the music will be more or less irrelevant.  So into the file
cabinet they go.

I would run out and get in touch with Jordi at Fresh Sound and try to get as
much of the new music from Brooklyn as possible.  Musicians like Jeremy
Udden, Mike Bagetta (sic?), Ziv Ravitz, Leo Genovese, Julie Hardy, Kendrick
Scott (his new one is amazing, and it's on his own label, not Fresh Sound),
and dozens of others are merging a wealth of rock influences (including
music from those pesky 1970s) with the harmonic approaches that a jazz
improviser uses.  NO, the music generally does not swing, so
programmer-beware.  But the content of the music itself is at times as
magical as any of our favorite classics.

I can't say enough nice things about these musicians and their fantastic

Rick McLaughlin

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Subject: [JPL] Hello and a major query

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Hi everyone,

I apologize for not participating very much of late.  I have had a lot on my
plate at WEMU.  But, I get the impression that is life for all of us as we
work in this multi-tasking, multi-competition media age.

The question I am about to ask will show you how much I do not know about
late '80s and '90s pop music, but it is a question I have to ask.  What do
you think was the basic pop sound of that era and what jazz today recalls
that sound?  We are trying very hard to attract new listeners to WEMU.  At
this time, covers of The Beatles and Motown songs might not be attractive to
someone who came up in 1988.  But, WEMU wants that person who came up in
1988 to listen to us for jazz.

We know that the BEST classics will always be attractive because of their
timeless quality.  But, what jazz that is being recorded today might be
sonically attractive to someone who is 35 or 40?

I'm willing to get flamed for this question, but I must ask it.  I ask it so
that I can keep WEMU on the air as a jazz and primarily music station.

Feel free to correspond off the list if you prefer.

Thanking Ed for continuing with the list, with the JazzWeek chart and
thanking him for his great work with the JazzWeek summits.  
Remembering many of you fondly from those meetings.... 


Linda Yohn
WEMU Music Director
lyohn at emich.edu

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