Jim Wilke jwilke123 at comcast.net
Mon Mar 5 22:16:44 EST 2007

WOW!!!   If there are 3 triggers that will get you guys going - it's 
Wynton, Kenny G and Norah Jones!

Actually, each one has their place. The problem stems from our 
perception of where we think they ought or ought not be.  If we're 
doing our job, we shouldn't have to dis anyone. Perhaps we'd do better 
to provide a more attractive alternative and present it in the best 
manner possible.

I don't think anyone has discussed the extensive use of the solo singer 
in Wynton's latest effort.  I think it's interesting that he's 
apparently decided he needs the words of a song to get his message 
across. As someone mentioned recently, most folks have a hard time 
relating to the abstraction of instrumental music. It's like the 
difference between representative and abstract art.

Yeah, I'd be happier if WM wasn't the automatic go-to guy for all 
things jazz, but major media doesn't look for alternatives...  just the 
most obvious choice on a very short list.   And with his visibility and 
work ethic he's probably always available.  (most of the other names 
they'd think of are long passed!)

I am a little disappointed whenever someone does a radio or tv show 
about music and only plays snippets and talks over them as well.   I 
wonder if that's what makes jazz club audiences think it's ok to talk 
over the music like it's lifestyle background to their witty dialogue.  
But some people don't really get the fact that instrumental music IS a 
language and if they learn to respond to it on an emotional level, they 
won't need a translation!

Jim Wilke

On Monday, March 5, 2007, at 06:46  PM, Bobby Jackson wrote:

> Peeps,
> There is room for all kinds of jazz presentations on the radio. Wynton 
> is very good explaining the mechanics of the music to the common lay 
> person. Who remembers that splendid series "Marsalis On Music"?  I'm 
> sure without even listening to the XM show it's good.  I also enjoy 
> Jae Sinnett breaking the music down for us all on this list giving us 
> the working jazz musician's point of view.  It makes us all better if 
> we come to this wisdom with an open heart and mind.  If we choose to 
> listen.  In fact, we need more of this kind of discourse.
> I wasn't too far off the mark with my assertion in my initial post 
> that many jazz people are resentful of all the attention that Wynton 
> receives as illustrated by the venom I've seen on many of these recent 
> posts.  I'm not surprised.  Regardless of how you feel about Wynton, 
> his voice is vital, intelligent and necessary and there are few of us 
> who do it better.  I love his new recording.  What he is saying in 
> this recording is important for everyone to listen to.  His engagement 
> is a result of his love of life long learning and sharing and is at a 
> very high level.  Who remembers his "open letter" after the New 
> Orleans/Katrina disaster?  I didn't see any naysayers in the group or 
> anywhere for that matter.  His convictions are strong because he is 
> strong and that may put some people off.  I don't agree with all of 
> his views (so be it) but he is our generations greatest ambassador for 
> this music.  We still need more advocates and from many areas of our 
> culture, not just jazz based advocates and not just Wynton.
> Keep on doing your thing Wynton.  You're very good at it.
> Aloha,
> Bobby
> ----- Original Message ----- From: <EdBride at aol.com>
> To: <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
> Sent: Monday, March 05, 2007 8:35 PM
> Subject: Re: [JPL] SICK OF MARSALIS!
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>> In a message dated 3/5/2007 8:16:44 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
>> eflash17 at comcast.net writes:
>> <<..Have any of you heard Wynton's jazz show on XM ??
>> I  heard it once and it was like a 4th year jazz theory class.  He 
>> didn't
>> even play songs all the way through.  Great that he featured classic 
>> artists
>> that don't get much exposure nationally, but I think that the casual  
>> jazz fan,
>> the type that would tune into the shows who post their playlists  
>> here, would
>> rather listen to the music than be EDUCATED by Mr. Marsalis  
>> "America's
>> Ambassador of Jazz"
>> If you make things complicated people  tend to TUNE OUT..>>
>> Only heard it once, but I appreciated his commentary. If all we 
>> wanted to do
>> was hear music, we don't need a Wynton Marsalis to introduce each 
>> number.
>> This was, indeed, like returning to school. And both my wife (much 
>> less of a
>> Jazz fan than I) and I did find it interesting.
>> Ed

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