Friday, December 29, 2006

My Jazz Problem

Ornette Coleman's Sound Grammar made me ponder my relationship with modern jazz. This is Coleman's first album in over 10 years and it's a good one. But the only reason I picked it up is that it has seeped over onto some Pop Critic Lists. As someone who likes Jazz, I rarely buy anything new unless it gets attention in the Rock press. But if you asked a Jazz critic they'd say the same thing about their Pop buying habits. I wish I loved modern jazz more. I subscribe to Down Beat and enjoy Tom Hull jazz reviews, but I'm too timid on non-archival stuff. Anyway, pick up Coleman's set. He's not new school jazz, but if you have a passing interest in the music, then what better way to get a refreshner than with a master.
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