I should do that. Would keep me busy for the next few years anyway.I recently concluded that I've been neglecting far too much of my collection of albums, so I've taken to listening to one album per day in its entirety, until I work my way through my entire library. This was Tuesday's selection - and I might stay with it through Wednesday as well.
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HENRY THREADGILL - POOF youtube.com/watch?v=ThECxbgc5DkBased on a recent Jeff Ballard recommendation from @dustjacket a couple of weeks ago that was pretty great, I thought it might be fun for people to share an album that they are currently spinning.
So far for me this morning:
- Brian Blade Fellowship
- John Abercrombie “Timeless”
So, whatcha listening to???
Please post your new artists. We would love to hear them, and I'm always looking for new talent.I find it somewhat disconcerting that the jazz fan/listening audience, and even the musicians, are for the most part looking backwards to the 1940's, 50's, 60's, and maybe early 70's
for music to listen to. The 1940's / 80 some years ago. The 50's / 70 some years ago, and on and on. Jazz/improvised music has continued to evolve, but you wouldn't know it by
looking to the media, young jazz musicians just out of college music programs, and jazz fans. Nostalgia, retro this and that, and branding/marketing has taken precedence.
I also find it ironic that the very musicians that get the most "play" from critics, college music programs, and fans, were ON THE CUTTING EDGE, and not looking backwards for
there roadmap for how to play or sound. Louis Armstrong said Charlie Parkers music sounded like Chinese music! Obviously Louis didn't know anything about Chinese music or
understand what Charlie Parker was doing. When John Coltrane evolved into a leading evolving voice of the music he was derided. Ornette Colman, Cecil Taylor, Miles Davis's electric
and later period were all thought of at least partially, in a negative light. That said the music evolved and grew and NONE of these artists were looking backwards to try and recreate
music from past decades.
There are thousands of new, creative, evolving, boundary pushing artists and music out there today, but it all flies under the radar, because there is no promotion of much of ant of it.
Even in non jazz circles, the regurgitation of old rock, blues, soul/r&b and other music has taken precedence.
This is truly unfortunate for the artists creating new sounds and ideas and for the culture at large.
When I find a Miles Davis recording where he's trying to sound like Louis Armstrong, a John Coltrane record where he's trying to sound like Sidney Bechet, a Jack DeJohnette recording where he's trying to sound like Zutty Singleton or Baby Dodds, I will reconsider what I've written. Until then I will bemoan the situation we find ourselves in and hope that a change in the culture, branding/marketing, and college music programs...(I really have my doubts about this one) is right around the corner.