Monday, March 05, 2007

Wynton Meets Goldman

My biggest problem with Wynton Marsalis is mainly musical. His self-importance has bleeded all life out of his records. But the Marsalis that rants like he did to the U.K.'s Guardian doesn't bother me. Although listening to him is worse than reading him. His mere presence ruined any part of Ken Burn's Jazz series. But it's as a musician that Marsalis comes up short. Deep down he wants a canon like his heroes, but his recording output is a mere blip on Jazz history. And it goes back to his Carnegie-sized ego. So, Marsalis can rant on rap, rock or whatever and mean nothing doing it. He's Jazz's version of Albert Goldman.
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