[JPL] I gave this article five stars.
jaejazz at yahoo.com
Fri May 4 00:28:44 EDT 2007
Well the recording is "timely" Ed in it's social commentary but my position is that it's an artistic achievement on its own creative merits. That's what I was saying. In this case being timely has nothing to do with it. I concur in that just because its commentary parallels what's happening now socially it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the quality of the music.....particularly from an instrumental perspective but it is a brilliant recording that just happens to make a profound social statement. This is my opinion of course.
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In a message dated 5/3/2007 5:49:28 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
jaejazz at yahoo.com writes:
<<..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..>>
I happen to be a fan and admirer of Wynton's, although I sometimes wish he
would ratchtet-back some of his pontifications. But to equate being timely with
artistic achievement is beyond my ability to comprehend. All I'm suggesting
is that the critic who gave the recording one star did not owe any extra
slack to "timeliness."
I think I'm all argued-out on this,
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