By Sam Griffith
Jazz news is sometimes interesting, and always bizarre. Kenny G might have pushed for the development of the frappuccino. Everything else that happened last week seems to come from Jason Moran or Charles Lloyd.
- An article about Jason Moran’s recent Grammy nomination. He hits on a few interesting ideas, most notably “playing music for people to dance to”. This component to jazz should be considered when we are attempting to define it. Jason Moran seems to be busy this year.
- Charles Lloyd signs with Blue Note Records. Lloyd’s career is incredibly unique, and it will be interesting to see what jazz history texts do with him. He has had a long career and made some incredible records. Yet, I’m not sure any saxophonist imitates him, nor he is viewed as any sort of revolutionary (I’m not saying that he isn’t, rather it seems as though he isn’t viewed this way). He will also be staying busy this year.
- What is the deal with jazz tributes to Joni Mitchell? Is it cliche (or even selling out) to perform the music of Joni Mitchell. I’ve listened to some Joni Mitchell (can’t say I felt anything one-way or another) and understand her supreme artistry, I’m not sure I understand any of the jazz tributes to her. A single tribute makes sense (but only in the way that the Basie-Beatles album makes sense), but this seems overboard. If we are going to work with mainstream or crossover music, lets find a new artist.
- Jazz at Lincoln Center is going bold.
- A delightful remembrance of Keith Jarrett’s Koln Concert recording by Ted Gioia.
If we missed anything let us know!