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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

All That Jazz


I was a little disappointed in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his criticisms of the movie La La Land (click here)  because I have always respected him as a class act.  However, his negative take on La La Land and his reasons why came across to me as being more Al Sharptonesque than accurate. 

Kareem's chief complaint is that the white boy in La La Land is portrayed as the jazz purist while the black dude is portrayed as the musical sell out.  The black guy is trying to make music that the masses will enjoy vs. for the select few so called "purists." Kareem didn't feel that the black dude should have been portrayed as the "sellout." (click here for entire article Kareem wrote.)

Seems that music in general has always had these sort of feuds between the purists and the populists.   Remember when Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival and the folk-music-loving crowd booed him for it?

Jazz in particular has always had this semi-snotty divide.  If a smooth jazz listener confesses to a jazz purist that he/she listens to and enjoys "smooth jazz" the purist will scoff and back away.  

When it comes to jazz music, I too prefer the smooth stuff over the traditional jazz.  Listening to the traditional jazz tunes, I find myself agreeing with a couple of the commentators  to Kareem's article:
From http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/
Speaking of smooth jazz here is a nice tune and video from Boney James:

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