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There are plenty of new, virtuoso players; unfortunately there are no good new composers and it's killing Jazz.Doc
Asking modern jazz composers to compose like Duke, Mingus, or Strayhorn is like asking contemporary classical composers to compose like Mozart or Beethoven. Either would sound disingenuous, and frankly, silly. Modern composers in either field have had decades (and centuries in the case of classical) of changes, influences, new concepts, etc. There is no going back, unless one is more interested in nostalgia than progress. There is no lack of brilliant contemporary composers, they are just not going to sound like the past.Back when Ellington and Strayhorn were composing, jazz was the popular music of its day. It served a different purpose than it does today.
You talkin' to me? Down boy...you're preaching to the choir! If you read carefully, I prefaced my comment by saying; "While there's brilliant music being written....". I think that's pretty clear. You wanna preach? Preach. I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't attempt to do so at my expense. We're on the same side dude!;)
How come it's all a bunch of dudes? Besides singers, there just don't seem to be many women in Jazz.
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