• Gnf

    Love it!

  • davetjazz

    Centuries worth of information? THAT is a very enlightened way of looking at it. I agree completely. I'm very glad that Mr. Marsalis took the time to clarify the points in the youtube video with a very clear and thought provoking article. Sure all may not agree but, WHO DOES haha.

    Glad to hear the name Warne Marsh creep into an article.

  • winnie the pooh

    nice reading, and I totally agree, i like the avant-garde and some of the new music, but by the other hand i found some of the new music boring and nonsenseless

  • AT

    You know who didn't give a rat's ass that he had a dwindling audience? Charlie Parker in the year 1945.

    You know who junked what came before as “yesterday's music?” Most of Charlie Parker's acolytes. (For many players of that generation, Bird is revered as the alpha and omega of music; you never seem to hear them talk much about Bechet or Benny Goodman or Fletcher Henderson or ANY pre-bop musician.)

    Just as Jason would predict, jazz summarily died with Bird in 1955 once all those puzzled audiences gave up on it.

  • Themagnolie

    love this love this love this. He covers the scope in two pages, damn!!!!!! well done, Mr. Maralis

  • Sauce

    “With my music, I often have people come up to me and say, ‘I like it but I don’t really understand it.’ Many people apparently don’t trust their reaction to art or to music unless there is a verbal explanation for it…You can’t intellectualize music…It is only in terms of emotional response that I can judge whether what we are doing is successful or not. If you are touched in some way, then you are in with Me.”
    –Ornette Coleman

  • elbertavonshlorf

    Spot On. Jazz nerds are using musical instruments but what they do isn’t music because it doesn’t actually speak to anyone or anything. What they’re doing is tuneless wack. When I want innovation I’ll listen to Art Blakey, Donald Byrd, the Allman Brothers, the Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald or even “On the Corner.” There’s nothing modern or innovative about making bad music. As for Bird, he was great not for “innovating” but because he brought people joy. He sings and he swings. I hear more jazz in a Sly Stone record than anything by club JNA (now JNI because they’ve gone International).