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Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Right then. Back to the music...
Several readers passed on their own thoughts on Monday's column (I'll post here in full soonish) about Diana, Norah, Fiona and the continued arrogance of jazzists and record label executives. And, assuming they won't mind, it seems worthwhile to post some of their thoughts here"

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"Critics hate it when they can’t control everything. Fans love it when they have choice."

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"For over 50 years I have been a staunch 'Modern' jazz fan and own a lot of jazz CDs which give me great pleasure to listen too. In my humble opinion, I would not classify Diana Krall and Norah Jones as 'Jazz musicians.' For example I think they would have had a hard time sitting in with the Herbie Hancock Trio last Saturday evening at Massey Hall.

"However, I do own CDs by both Krall and Jones and enjoy listening to their music. As well, I enjoy some classical music and periodically go to the TSO concerts at Roy Thompson Hall. Conversely I am not a fan of the so-called 'Traditional Jazz.'

"So one might speculate that if there is a line in the sand at least I can see it because my head is not buried in it."

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"Folks should not forget that even the late great Miles Davis played his trumpet over the changes to Perfect Way (to make the girls go crazy!) as recorded on Tutu. This however is not jazz in my opinion, but rather a pop tune recorded by somebody who understood intimately what was and what was not jazz. Not everyone wants to take the time to understand jazz music that is not easily accessible to them and prefer to have it served up to them like watching Friends on TV while eating pizza (needs to be done sometimes).

"Those people who do understand that jazz is not Rod Stewarts new Standards Album, know where to find music that is fresh, challenging and a bit more intellectually pleasing , like reading great literature versus reading a good romance novel. Each has its place and those who want either know where to get it. It might be that Einstein as brilliant at physics as he was preferred to read comics as it entertained him more that reading James Joyce and no one would call him stupid because he just did not care that much about works of literature.

"You can be stupid about something if you are really not that passionate about it, but my guess is that if you are passionate about something you will eventually run into the truth about its authenticity and worth. It is just that the truth is getting harder and harder to find, but the rewards are sweet when you find it!"

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