Monday, December 05, 2005

We Need A Revival

For those of you readers who don't know much about Jazz, thats OK, because I don't know much either. What I do know is that there has been a trend for the worse. I found out I am an old school cat when it comes to Jazz. I really enjoy the uptempo tunes with faster rhythms. I've been listening to John Coltrane recently, and the man is a genius, as is his band. Everyone playing an instrument is talented and they fuse to form an excellent sound. There are others that I have heard, but none I like as much.

Smooth Jazz is something that isn't bad, although most of it sounds alike. There are good artists in the lot of them. However, the percussion is not the same as in the 60s. If you listen to Coltrane and then Jazzmasters, you will not find the same craftsmanship. Most Smooth Jazz has electronic drums, which gives it a different feel than the Old School. Newer music also shows an increase in guitar, acoustic with nylon strings (most likely a classical acoustic). This is not necessarily a bad thing. One of my favorite Smooth Jazz pieces, with some elements of rock, was done by John Petrucci (Dream Theater guitar virtuoso) and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater master pianist).

I would like to see more artists in the Jazz world go and bring back the classic stylings of Coltrane instead of continuing this trend.

"DO THAT THING I LIKE!!" - Tony Reali (PTI)
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