[JPL] I gave this article five stars.
jaejazz at yahoo.com
Thu May 3 17:46:37 EDT 2007
Doesn't matter which Ed.....it's still an artistic achievement. It's about the depth and meaningfulness of the material. The writing is deep. Truly. Such incredible logic in these compositions. They encompass just about every significant element of jazz.....blues sensibilities....swing....outstanding execution, composition and improvisation....thought provoking harmonies beyond blues tonalities...beautiful textures....etc....and then there is the message and recording quality. It's a profound work. I would say Wynton's best. This is also the first work I think he "completely" got to all his points. Take "Black Codes" for example.....every angle I think he hit on successfully.... with the exception of his confidence as an improvising musician. He hadn't overcome that obstacle at that time.... but now he has.
Bobby said timely. Yes, and time will decide it's impact. We've become a cynical breed when it comes to giving credit where credit is due. Someone once said that critics know more than they think those who aren't - ought to - so one can take that review solely as that writers opinion. One of the things about jazz is that it's always reflected the times - or at least should in some way. An artist that can accurately bring to life the times the music is intended to reflect has accomplished most of it's purpose.
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In a message dated 5/3/2007 2:34:26 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Bobby.Jackson at ideastream.org writes:
<<..In a world where we see little conscious raising music in the current
cultural landscape, there is absolutely nothing out here that is
"timelier". If that doesn't merit any consideration by a "critic" then
I'll give that critic no stars..>>
That depends on whether you are talking about socio/political critics or
music critics. For it to be a good artistic creation, it must be more than time
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