[JPL] My take on BAM
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Fri Jan 13 11:56:47 EST 2012
Some may view this as silly or provocative. I'm not meaning to be either but I'm trying to grasp the logical purpose in "BAM's" labeling quest. Philosophically and intellectually I understand Payton's historical point of reference. It's not important if I agree or not. No matter though what you believe with his proclamation the reality is it's a divisive issue and I don't see how much positive can come out of it as related to what the world recognizes as "jazz." Could we honestly expect blacks running to embrace "WAM" (White American Music)...if it existed? Just a point. I'm not totally sure what the deep objective here is with this. Black music for black people? Black music for all people? If it's the later...do you care if whites are offended with the label? Folks should be because as it stands now over 85% of support for this music in the USA comes from white America. Maybe that's the point...don't call it jazz and pray for better crossover
success. Hmmmm...beats me.
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Duke Ellington and Miles Davis and numerous other musicians quibbled with
the semantics of jazz, resenting (?) the limitations of the word. A point
others have made. I find the timing of Nicholas' BAM movement interesting:
as he releases "Bitches", something quite different than anything he's done
before. Not as strong as Hargrove's Hard Groove, I wish he'd used other
musicians (and for that matter other vocalists) (and actually, maybe a
lyricist) for the recording, which seems like a fun home studio project.
The best moments are when he offers trumpet flourishes. Couldn't he have
enlisted D'Angelo? Or Stevie? The piece with Esperanza is cool.
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> Well said Arturo.... I wonder why the need (particularly now in the
> 21st century) to classify something based on color... why not just
> "American Music" or is that too vague?
> A few years ago, when a salesman tried to expound the "sexy" features
> of a piano, I thought "what will the next shock value marketing angle
> be when sex becomes too blase for Madison Avenue? " I fear that it is
> "conflict"... whether it be race, gender, political preference or
> anything that can set two distinct entities at odds. No one wins when
> that happens... unfortunately some are more interested in setting off
> a firestorm of controversy in the hopes of reaping financial or
> political rewards. Personally... it insults my intelligence.
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> >> I don't have a problem renaming what we know as jazz to increase
> audience and
> >> attract younger listeners who may be turned off by the name due to
> >> misconceptions. I strongly believe that music videos that have became
> the main
> >> source of listening for the generations since the mid-80s when MTV
> took over,
> >> has changed the attraction of music for those raised in that period of
> >> it's more visual than audio. Although hip hop for the most part now has
> >> rap and a producer dominated genre, since hip hop emerged in the late
> >> it's been the most influential music and cultural genre since jazz in
> >> 1920s. Hip hop has changed mainstream media of all types included those
> >> conducted by and aimed at audience who want nothing to do with hip and
> >> listeners, you can't get away from the influence of hip hop, it's
> >> Black American culture has always been the most dominant influence on
> >> and the Arts going back to colonial times. I once read an account of an
> >> musicologist who visited the US in the early 1800s to investigate the
> state of
> >> irish immigrants and music in the States. He wrote that although still
> >> in essence, Irish immigrants and Irish-Americans' music has African
> >> influences, he even claimed that their conversation included many
> >> "Africanisms" or "Black slang"
> >> That said, I don't like the name BAM, although I don't have anything
> >> the concept of renaming or adding an addendum to the genre jazz. Black
> >> American Music is misleading, because jazz was created from many
> >> elements-although mostly African and African American in its truest
> >> definition, it has a strong Afro-Cuban, Afro-Caribbean, Mexican and
> >> influence, New Orleans has always been the Caribbean port of entry to
> the US,
> >> the Caribbean's northernmost city. Jazz is a melting pot made of many
> >> ingredients producing something new and improved. No matter which
> >> ingredients are thrown in the mix, it still remains jazz. One can take
> >> kind of music, genre or ethnic folk music and still play it in a form
> >> instantly recognize as jazz. That's why I say every time I am on the
> air that
> >> "jazz is the world's greatest art form.
> >> Ragtime, jass, jazz, swing, bebop etc it's all good and it's all
> "jazz". it's
> >> all about the music. I don't have a suggestion for a new name, but I'll
> >> what would be better than BAM when I hear it. I will still use jazz and
> >> whenever playing the artists calling their music BAM, I'll use as well.
> >> Obviously, this is a complex situation, but then again, hasn't it
> always been?
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