[JPL] Wynton/ ABC "This Week

Rick McLaughlin rick at rickmclaughlin.com
Mon Mar 5 09:02:17 EST 2007


Hello everyone,

I have only been perusing this subject, so forgive me if I touch on
something that has already been said.  Anyway, let's start with the words of
a master - from Duke's book "Music is My Mistriss," page 421 in my copy of
the book, he reflects on music since bebop:

"Since that time there have been new category labels for several different
varieties of jazz, but each has primarily been created and dominated by the
distinct tonal personality of a gifted individual."

He goes on to reduce the genre to a common element, "rhythmic vitality."  He
didn't say the swing beat (N.B., I do love that groove, so don't get me
wrong here, just go with me on this).  By saying "rhythmic vitality," he
does not discount any of the other things, but he implies that the other
elements are on the periphery - certain kinds of harmony, certain melodic
tropes (repeated melodic phrases, sometimes thought of as clichés),
instrumentation, dress code, none of this or anything else makes his list.
Just "rhythmic vitality."

Now, I can't find the quote, but didn't Duke also say that jazz is a tiny
word for an awefully big variety of sounds (or something)? 

So here's my point:  These lists are wonderful and fun and interesting, but
aren't they completely idealistic?  And doesn't this idealism have more to
do with the person writing the list than anything else?  If I wrote a list
of spokespeople, yes Tom Waits would be there as mentioned in a different
post, and so would many of the other names.  But I would never want Diana
Krall representing the music that I make.  Not that she isn't a fantastic
musician, but that her music has almost nothing to do with what I'm doing.
And I'm only choosing her as an example because she's on the list, not
because I'm trying to start a fight with people who dig her music.

What about the AACM cats, or Europeans?  What about Ornette - even with his
"interesting" approach to interviews?  There is some amazing music happening
in Japan, what about Yoske Yamashta, or maybe someone more updated like
Chihara (what's her last name, she went to Berklee, I played about 15 gigs
with her and she's sort of famous in Japan now)?  What about Bob Dylan - he
claims to have played with Cecil Taylor in the late '50s.  What about any
artist who hasn't achieved international recognition, but has been plugging
away for decades - Buck Hill for example.  

And what happens if your own personal favorite musician becomes the
spokesperson, or worse, your most hated musician (read "your own" as a
grouping of individuals rather than a specific person please, I'm not
starting a fight, just asking a question).  Remember the JazzTimes cover
from the late 1990's with Wynton and Zorn, and the interview inside it?
What if, instead of Wynton, the spokesperson was Zorn?  Or what if, God
forbid, it was Kenny G?

What I'm saying is really that, for all the fun of constructing a list of
individuals who would represent the idiom and be the face of the music, if
you follow Duke, there is no one, single face.

I suppose that means, for all the blessings and curses of this, that it
turns out to be up to all of us to try to be the face of jazz - programmers,
musicians, PR and marketing folks, and all the other cats on this list and
countless more names.  

Or something like that.

Thanks,

Rick McLaughlin

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:jazzproglist-bounces at jazzweek.com] On Behalf Of Tom Mallison
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2007 7:41 AM
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Subject: Re: [JPL] Wynton/ ABC "This Week

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I have read the various comments that started with Wynton being on ABCs'
THIS WEEK.

First off I want to say that nobody could speak about his NEW release on
BLUE NOTE other than Wynton unless it was Bruce Lundvall.  All the
television presence this week and into the weekend is the result of the new
CD.  I am pleased they have seen it worthy of publicity for the public
through the mass communications media.

Now on a second note the idea of persons who could be good spokesperson is
an entirely different concept.
I guess I have no fault with any of the names mentioned other than I don't
think Nora Jones could stand up to impromptu questions in the media and to
me that is the real test of someone being capable to representing.  I would
like to add a few names that I believe could answer questions and getting
viewing time. These are names I have not seen previously mentioned.

Dr. Billy Taylor
Quincy Jones
Diana Krall
Branford Marsalis
Bill Charlap
Phil Schaap

Thanks
ALOHA
Tom



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> I would add the name of Laurence Fishburne, who is a fan of the music 
> and has great appeal and presence.
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TED HOWE ''Love Song'':  The third release from Ted invites the listener
into a jazz time capsule of love songs.  And as fans and critics alike found
with ''Ellington'' and ''Elton Exposed'', Howe's virtuosic piano style and
arrangements lead straight to surprise.

Featuring the great jazz baritone Giacomo Gates and star of stage, screen
and television, Lainie Kazan on a couple of tunes, Ted Howe delivers a
beautiful recording of masterfully arranged standards (Arlen, Van Heusen,
Porter) and originals; a perfect mix of instrumentals and vocals.
http://www.summitrecords.com/product.tmpl?SKU=477

BOB FLORENCE LIMITED EDITION ''Eternal Licks and Grooves'':  Featuring Peter
Erskine, Carl Saunders and Scott Whitfield, this all-star big band offers
the listener what they have come to expect from the award-winning, legendary
bandleader Bob Florence - Sensitive yet powerful arrangements with a HUGE
sound that will put you on the edge of your seat.  Spectacular outing!

Includes ''Eternal Licks and Grooves'' commissioned by ASCAP and IAJE
honoring Count Basie and ''Appearing In Cleveland'' commissioned by the LA
Jazz Institute honoring Stan Kenton.
http://www.summitrecords.com/product.tmpl?SKU=478

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