[JPL] The golden age of Cuban music is fading, with its stars dying or aging

Jim Wilke jwilke123 at comcast.net
Tue Oct 9 12:35:45 EDT 2007

Thanks for passing that on, Arturo.      Hmmm..... some questions arise 
for this group:

Are there parallels with jazz as its progenitors pass and so has its 
time of greatest popularity?

Is the public perception of "jazz"  that of a dead or "classic" music 
that can be RE-created but is no longer a living, innovative style 
.....  a la Ken Burns "Jazz"?

Do you perceive there are jazz musicians who are writing and playing 
music exclusively for other musicians?

     ... I'd have to say at least a qualified "yes" to each question, 
although numerous exceptions can be cited as well.  But it probably 
argues for including some "classic" jazz (40s-50s) within most jazz 
radio programming and it's more important and significant than jazz 
covers of current pop hits.

What do you think?

Jim Wilke
Jazz After Hours, PRI

On Tuesday, October 9, 2007, at 08:22  AM,  Arturo sent the following 
(in part) :

> Delgado, who represents the generation that, in Cuba, created the
> progressive salsa-like timba sound, recognizes that ''the lyricism and
> romanticism of Cuban music was getting lost due to the heavy use of
> technology'' among his peers. ``But in the past six or seven years, 
> there
> has been a return to acoustic music, to the trova, the guaracha, the 
> son,
> the bolero.''
> According to Delgado, the success of Mexican popster Luis Miguel's CD
> trilogy of Cuban and Mexican boleros made Cuban artists of Delgado's 
> age
> realize there was an international appetite for traditional music.
> ``[The timba generation] were writing music exclusively for musicians, 
> not
> for the public. But as we came in contact with other nationalities, we
> realized that if other people like authentic Cuban music, why should we
> distort it?

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