[JPL] Branford Marsalis thoughts on "Nerd Jazz"

Nou Dadoun nou.dadoun at gmail.com
Fri Sep 25 14:00:44 EDT 2009

This is certainly one of the complaints that has been leveled at the
tremendous increase in jazz education in recent years, that the instrumental
techniques are being taught to a wide variety of students who haven't lived
enough to really be able to tell their own story.  And there is a 'technical
hero' attitude (maybe what Branford is referring to as a jazz nerd) where
instrumentalists are praised for the muscularity and technical wizardry of
their playing rather than the emotional aspect.

I think that this is another aspect of the art/innovation versus craft
debate that resurfaces periodically.


On Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 10:41 AM, <jctrane at gmail.com> wrote:

> --------
> I tend to agree, Russ. However, no one has pointed out how the
> listener,( and that could be us) at different points in time, is
> "ready" to hear just that certain tune played in that certain style.
>    Haven't we all found ourselves in a mood on one night when we are
> aching to hear  Bill Evans-style 'pianioism'/contemplative music? Then
> on another show, we're in a  "down and dirty" mood.; or are  'primed'
> for Latin; or just HAVE to hear Art Pepper's tonal quality.
>    i understand the point Branford is making, however. I'm thinking
> especially of pianists here, but there do seem to be a plethora of
> artists today who, for want of a better term, do a lot of 'noodling'
> and very little 'sweating', if you get my drift. Simply put, a lotta
> mind and not so much heart.        Gene Abkarian
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