Those in search of an intelligent debate should head off straight away to Ronan Guilfoyle’s blog. Under the title “Thank Heavens We’re Saved! (Again)” , he writes
(these are just a few taster extracts filleted from a very good essay):
– How come every each time jazz is reputedly saved, it’s always saved by music that is very far removed from jazz? […]
– It’s not Glasper or Spalding who are making the claims for their music being a giant leap forward in recognition terms for jazz, it’s the world of jazz punditry who once again seem to be besotted by the idea of a major breakthrough for the music being achieved through the rejection of many of the core values of jazz.
– Both of these musicians have something to offer mainstream audiences, and they’re playing in a commercial genre that mainstream audiences understand.
– Someone who may be prepared to watch Glasper play a few fills on a Hip Hop tune is unlikely to follow him into the world of his trio and the extended solos that he would play in that context.
And we didn't have to wait long for another one The rebirth of the cool: Jazz is back, and it’s going places (National Post)