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(The Atlantic)   The death of America's most important contribution to culture, jazz music   (theatlantic.com) divider line 129
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2012-11-24 10:50:47 PM
I woke up this morning and cranked over some Lester Young while I was making coffee. Bouncing around the house I put on some Coltrane. Had the kids in the car running some errands and my son asked for me to put on some Louis Armstrong. Tonight while I was making dinner I had Mingus going.

If Jazz is dead then you couldn't tell from the inside of my house and life.
 
2012-11-24 11:11:56 PM
Jazz is my spiritual medicine. It just puts a big smile on my face.

It's not surprising the single kernel peabrains of Fark's mouthbreather population can't process anything that isn't linear. Ugh, tragedy really.

/now stfu and go design some algorithm or whatever poindexters. I've got a date with a smokin' jazz-loving lady who does things a 4chan jpeg could never possibly fathom.
 
2012-11-24 11:27:09 PM

Bonanza Jellybean: There's still Joshua Redman, Soulive, John Scofield, Charlie Hunter, Madeleine Peyroux, Victor Wooten, Medeski Martin & Wood, and others still making jazz and jazz-like music. Hell, Keith Jarrett still kicks ass, and he's playing in Jersey next month.

/though, for my money, it hasn't gotten any "better" since the late 50s/mid 60s


For me, Jazz really kind of peaked with the Hard Bop movement of the late 50s, early 60s. After that it was Samba/Bossa Nova, which wasn't bad in itself but which paved the way for Jazz Fusion. Which itself had some real masterpieces (Herbie Hancock's Headhunters is one of my top-ten favorite records); but most of it, being made by lesser musicians, sounds like fark-grooves from low-budget pornography. And that was about that.

Also, I have the same problems with Free Jazz as I do with modern classical music, in that it is far too often atonal for atonality's sake. Not just non-melodic, but actively anti-melodic. It can be interesting as an intellectual exercise, but too often that's about it.
 
2012-11-24 11:29:51 PM
I don't keep dogs or women in my room

/like all things...some is unbelievably good and most is average to mediocre to crap..but the jazz I like I love
 
2012-11-24 11:32:55 PM
 
2012-11-24 11:42:36 PM
on green dolphin street

/I even went to my record collection to get the name...

Hate that people that hate that! Vinyl. UGH!
 
2012-11-24 11:46:17 PM

SmitetheRighteous: Jazz is my spiritual medicine. It just puts a big smile on my face.

It's not surprising the single kernel peabrains of Fark's mouthbreather population can't process anything that isn't linear.


Wow. That's the stupidest argument yet for jazz.
 
2012-11-25 12:07:25 AM

Thunderboy: Bukharin: ...Europeans seem to be much more comfortable with it (except for the avant-garde/non danceable variety.)

You couldn't be more wrong. Europe has always been the place to go. Heck, the 80's-90's lower-East-side avant-garde scene did better over there than in the actual LES.


I think you should reread my post. I was referring specifically to the homosexuals I know and their attitudes on Jazz. The American homosexuals in general, do not like Jazz unless it is of the 'broadway' style, and the European homosexuals tend to enjoy it in a much broader variety, especially favouring the danceable versions.
 
2012-11-25 12:07:59 AM
 
2012-11-25 12:11:38 AM
one of my favorite favorite songs regardless the genre:
last one of the night
 
2012-11-25 12:30:50 AM

Forbidden Doughnut: Only jazz album I like:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 300x300]


MUSTAPHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
 
2012-11-25 12:33:21 AM
a great big F You to article authors who enjoy over the top sweeping dramatic untruths. dooshbags. the Jazz scene is as alive and vibrant as ever.

and for you dooshbags who are not aware, the only two original American contributions to the Arts are Jazz music and Comic Books.
 
2012-11-25 12:55:26 AM

JosephFinn: I like Krall myself, but I'm always willing to try something new. Can you recommend a particular Barber album?


It's not that I dislike Krall - she's got a good voice and some real talent on the piano. Her music is just too...flighty. I prefer my music all rigid and structured - her music is like a butterfly flitting all over the place. My gf ADORES Krall and I often get "treated" to day-long marathons.

It's decent "mood music" though... ;)
 
2012-11-25 01:43:53 AM

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: Blues not Jazz, is the most important


Came here to say this.

Jazz sucks. "It's the notes they don't play," my ass. If you judge the music I make by the notes I don't play, I'm farking Mozart reborn.
 
2012-11-25 02:06:01 AM

phaseolus: The Gershwins' "I Got Rhythm" alone begat Sidney Bechet's "Shag"; Lester Young's "Lester Leaps In"; Count Basie's "Jump for Me"; Duke Ellington's "Cotton Tail" and "Love You Madly"; Dizzy Gillespie's "Dizzy Atmosphere"; Parker's "Red Cross," "Dexterity," "Moose the Mooche," and "Steeple Chase"; Thelonious Monk's "Rhythm-a-Ning"; Davis's "Swing Spring" and "The Theme"; and Sonny Rollins's "Oleo," among many other compositions


Not to mention The Flinstones theme

The Jetsons theme.

You also know Take 5, Caravan, It Don't Mean a Think if It Ain't Got That Swing.
 
2012-11-25 02:45:12 AM
www.gretschdrums.com

Begs to differ.
 
2012-11-25 05:57:08 AM

Richard Roma: No more jazz? Now what are poseurs going to pretend they like in a sad attempt to appear intelligent?


http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/2008/11/18/116-black-music-that-black - people-dont-listen-to-anymore/
 
2012-11-25 06:05:57 AM

Richard Roma: No more jazz? Now what are poseurs going to pretend they like in a sad attempt to appear intelligent?


Elton John
 
2012-11-25 08:31:22 AM
www.grooveeffect.com
 
2012-11-25 08:41:40 AM
2.bp.blogspot.com

www.musicreview.co.za
 
2012-11-25 09:53:47 AM

HotWingAgenda: You can't kill jazz. Even if the musician dies, the music lives on.

I'm looking at you, Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck . . .


Brubeck is still very much alive.
 
2012-11-25 10:52:58 AM

JosephFinn: Rann Xerox: aspAddict: [www.vervemusicgroup.com image 400x400]

Don't care much for her music, but she makes a decent album cover. 

/That's right, Diana...now let's try one without the top...

This lady doesn't do "decent album covers" like Diana Krall:

[i78.photobucket.com image 640x494]

But, then again, I stopped buying albums based on what was on the cover when I reached the age of reason.

I like Krall myself, but I'm always willing to try something new. Can you recommend a particular Barber album?


Try "Verse". There are some great tunes on it.
 
2012-11-25 10:57:47 AM

Metaluna Mutant: Jazz died when white people took it over.


I definitely beg to differ
 
2012-11-25 11:46:44 AM

Rann Xerox: JosephFinn: Rann Xerox: aspAddict: [www.vervemusicgroup.com image 400x400]

Don't care much for her music, but she makes a decent album cover. 

/That's right, Diana...now let's try one without the top...

This lady doesn't do "decent album covers" like Diana Krall:

[i78.photobucket.com image 640x494]

But, then again, I stopped buying albums based on what was on the cover when I reached the age of reason.

I like Krall myself, but I'm always willing to try something new. Can you recommend a particular Barber album?

Try "Verse". There are some great tunes on it.


Thank you!
 
2012-11-25 02:24:32 PM

Rann Xerox: Metaluna Mutant: Jazz died when white people took it over.

I definitely beg to differ



Heh. I saw a link and thought to myself "If that's not a Bill Evans track I'll have to find a good one to concur with..."
 
2012-11-26 04:05:46 AM
The best definition of jazz I ever heard was "the only art form to be wildly popular in every country of the world, except the one it was born in."

An exaggeration, of course, but jazz is still chugging along quite well around the world, even if the golden age has passed. Lots of kids with no connection whatsoever to jazz's roots still pick up their instruments and jam away.
 
2012-11-26 11:07:11 AM
I love jazz. It's not as mainstream as it once was, but there are lots of great musicians out there playing it right now: Mulgrew Miller, Joshua Redman, Larry Willis, Ravi Coltrane, Patricia Barber, Melody Gardot, Diana Krall, Jacky Terrason, Cassandra Wilson, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Ariel Pocock, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Hunter... Just to name a few. Lots of talented new artists are always popping up on the scene, too.
 
2012-11-26 11:13:02 AM
pciszek

Re: "A short history of modern African-American music"

True, sad and hilarious at the same time.
 
2012-11-26 05:33:19 PM

aspAddict: [www.vervemusicgroup.com image 400x400]

Don't care much for her music, but she makes a decent album cover. 

/That's right, Diana...now let's try one without the top...


Why does she sounds bored in all her songs? It gets on my nerves.

It's like shes a hipster jazz musician. 'I'm singing this song for the proletariat, but I'm thinking about a much better one. It's really obscure. You haven't heard of it.'
/I did try to like her
//for Costello's sake
 
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