Yippee.(Not.) Here’s fresh controversy in the form of a quote from pianist Matthew Shipp, from the free jazz scene,who has worked with David S Ware and Roscoe Mitchell, from a profile in Signal to Noise Magazine.
The jazz industry has become a huge funeral parlor. Within jazz, the historical weight is so oppressive. If you look at a jazz magazine, eight or nine months of the year they’ll have the same covers you could have seen in 1972. Keith Jarrett, Dave Holland, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock. At least if Spin magazine has an article about the Eagles, they’ll hide it in the back. And if the Eagles go on tour the rock industry treats it as a nostalgia act, but in the jazz industry, if Keith Jarrett or Herbie Hancock go on tour they treat it like it’s real music and it’s important. We’ve heard enough of them—they’re millionaires, they should just go somewhere and stop playing.
I have to wonder if Shipp has been quoted fairly. Be that as it may, here’s my tuppence:
If Chick Corea and Dave Holland (in common with most older jazz musicians I meet) aren’t still definitely:
(a) worth hearing
(b) developing and moving forwards
(c) influencing and being influenced by people much younger than them….
Then please, will someone enlighten me.
The source of this quote isKeith Goetzman’s UTNE blog.
Matthew Shipp has a three day residency at Cafe Oto on February 12, 13 and 14.
Details are on the Cafe Oto website