[JPL] Branford Marsalis thoughts on "Nerd Jazz"

Eric Jackson eric-jackson at comcast.net
Fri Sep 25 14:24:23 EDT 2009

Nou Dadoun wrote:

  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.

He said that in the interview I did with him Tuesday night

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