I like to take it back even further.
And this take just turns me to jelly...
personally I'm not too keen on Jazz, any performance that has applause after every painfully long solo smacks of pretentious puffery to me and the make-up leaves a bad taste.
personally I’m not too keen on Jazz, any performance that has applause after every painfully long solo smacks of pretentious puffery to me
Jazz applause can be problematic, but let’s not have that rule out a vast and frequently beautiful body of music. Still less let minstrel blackface (ahem) colour the whole tapestry.
Although, I must say … DeepRed mentioned The Police upthread. Sting’s jazz-rock stylings make me feel vaguely homicidal.
On my personal, Nick Hornby-ish, "Best Track One, Side One, numbers of all time" list.
Cannonball Adderley's "Somethin' Else" is also the perfect Sunday morning album.
Sting’s jazz-rock stylings make me feel vaguely homicidal.
Of course when it comes to The Police, the thing is that it’s only tangentially about Sting. It’s *really* about Stewart Copeland.
Speaking of drummers, anyone for some Gene Krupa?
(Edited to note that Harry James, trumpet-player there, married Betty Grable in the same Las Vegas chapel in which I was hitched. I feel almost like Kevin Bacon.)
Jazz applause can be problematic...
It’s an odd genre, Jazz. I can’t think of any other, except perhaps Hip-Hop (and perhaps Country), that invokes such extreme reactions from people; you either like it or you hate it.
I think it's even more complicated like that- much like hip hop and rap, you get a lot of people liking a very defined era/aspect of the music, and declaring antipathy for the rest. Think of the way that the Golden Age of hip hop is venerated- I mean, it's justified in that a lot of the music from that era is just about the best music ever, to these ears, but it also can lead to a rather backward or reactionary stance on everything that's happened since, good bad, or otherwise.
I've gotta admit that for myself, my knowledge of Jazz is largely limited to the "canon"- i.e. John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, et al- but my favourite stuff in that hits me like no other music possibly can. I'll post perhaps two of the most obvious choices ever, largely because, in the case of the first one, there's a sense of absolute calm and space that seems to transport me, whereas the second one swings like nothing else on this planet. Sure nuff.
I will also say that there has been a lot more great literature about jazz music than there has about rock music, largely due to the conflict and personalities, not to mention historical context. And this is coming from someone who loves a great book about rock more than anything else (just picked up a copy of Stanley Booth's the True Adventures of the Rolling Stones for cheap, it's exhilirating stuff.)
Then there's BRAD MELDHAU
Of course when it comes to The Police, the thing is that it’s only tangentially about Sting.
Speaking of tangents; it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that Sting: