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Recensioni politically correct

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Mars : à la lecture des rares journaux de jazz qui existent encore, je ne peux m’empêcher de constater à quel point le « politiquement correct » empêche toute vraie critique de se faire entendre. On y découvre tous les mois les chroniques largement positives d’une cinquantaine d’album, voire davantage. Les musiciens s’en satisfont. Le moindre bémol adressé à leur travail provoque leur profond courroux. Tout va bien entre eux et les journalistes si ces derniers passent toujours la brosse dans le sens du poil, si leur talent n’est pas contesté. L’amateur de jazz qui cherche à s’informer, à acheter un album susceptible de lui plaire est souvent moins heureux. Comment choisir lorsque presque tous les disques qu’on lui présente bénéficient de bonnes chroniques ?  

 

Les mauvais disques existent-ils encore ? On peut en douter à la lecture de nos journaux de jazz, de ce blog qui met en avant les bons disques et ignore les autres, choix qualitatif impliquant que certains d’entre eux sont donc moins intéressants que d’autres. Selon certains, tout est affaire de goût, pure subjectivité rendant toute discussion impossible. Il n’y a pas de bonne et de mauvaise musique. On aime tel disque parce qu’il parle à votre sensibilité ; on n’en apprécie pas tel autre car il est trop éloigné de votre esthétique. Or le goût s’affine par l’expérience, l’écoute et surtout la culture. N’émettre aucune critique, ce n’est pas rendre service au musicien qui conforté dans son ego, pourra difficilement faire progresser son œuvre. Au sein des rédactions, les chroniques des nouveautés et des rééditions sont confiées à ceux qui sont les plus capables de les apprécier. Normal, car il est toujours préférable de défendre un album que d’en dire du mal. Malheureusement pour le lecteur, le jugement positif que porte le chroniqueur est souvent loin de refléter la valeur musicale du disque qu’il commente. Sans vouloir provoquer de nouvelles batailles d’Hernani, je pense qu’il serait bon de multiplier les débats, les espaces de discussions, les « pour et les contre » sur des disques qui divisent les journalistes (il y en a, et même beaucoup) afin d’éclairer l’amateur de jazz sur une musique qui change, bouge, en digère de nouvelles sans trop savoir où elle va. Perdu, incapable de se faire une réelle opinion à la lecture des blogs, des journaux qui encensent, le jazzophile se voit obligé de bien connaître les goûts des chroniqueurs pour ne pas se tromper.

 Fonte: http://www.blogdechoc.fr/

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The promise

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“At his best, Art found beauty in everything, even in harshness, pain and violence. And in his music, if you pay attention, you can hear the promise. The promise is the moment of a held breath, when you know, you know it is all beauty and you are reconciled with your existence in this world.”

Laurie talks Art Pepper
 
Fonte: http://themaninthegreenshirt.tumblr.com
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Evan Parker is to John Coltrane as Samuel Beckett is to James Joyce

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“We were using the term ‘modern jazz’, and the ‘modern’ aspect was just as important as the ‘jazz’ aspect. If it’s going to be modern, it has to say something that hasn’t been said before. Originally, I took my direction from trying to play like John Coltrane, and then I realised that this won’t do, because the whole point about what makes Coltrane great is that he found his own voice. You’re going to have to find your own voice if its going to mean anything at all to you, let alone anybody else. So I started to dip my toe into the idea of ‘What remains to be done?’ ‘What comes next?’ ‘What are the emotional next steps?’”

Fonte: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/evan-parker-is-to-john-coltrane-as-samuel-beckett-is-to-james-joyce-1.2995499

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Libertà e popolarità

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Gli ascoltatori di jazz hanno sempre dimostrato che la loro musica è una condizione di massima libertà , ma un sacco di appassionati di jazz sembrano essere "schiavi" di alcune espressioni particolari del passato. Non so se questa è una contraddizione. Sembra che la musica che è diventata popolare per celebrare la libertà, più libera è e meno popolare diventa.

Peter Evans, intervista di Carlos Perez Cruz
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L'unico prescelto

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Wynton Marsalis (New Orleans, 18 ottobre 1961) è un portentoso modello di equilibrio tra scienza armonica, fantasia melodica e audacia ritmica, potenza e precisione timbrica. Egli è un po’ il Bach della tromba jazz: è riuscito a far propri i fondamentali insegnamenti dei suoi titani ascendenti, riunirli alla sua maniera ed esplorare qualche nuova zona, trovando alcune gemme. Sia come trombettista sia come compositore.

Ciò per circa i primi dieci anni della carriera, poi si è istituzionalizzato come messaggero del Jazz, purtroppo pensando fosse una specie di (unico) prescelto per diffondere e difendere le radici di questa meravigliosa musica afroamericana. Involvendosi a tutto tondo e diventando un campione neoclassico della scuola neworleansiana. 
 
 
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Tempo di ritiri

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Aretha Franklin is an ageless wonder, but her time on the live stage will soon come to an end. The legendary soul singer has announced that 2017 “will be my last year in concert.”

 

In an interview with Detroit’s WDIV Local 4, Franklin explained, “I must tell you, I am retiring this year. This will be my last year. I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”

Fonte: http://consequenceofsound.net/2017/02/aretha-franklin-announces-her-retirement/

As Gary says, “I have been preparing for this for the past two years, gradually reducing my commitments and making the final decision for when to step back from my six decades of performing.  Let’s just say, for health reasons, this is the right time to start a new chapter in my life.”

Fonte: http://www.garyburton.com/news/this-is-it-gary-announces-his-retirement-from-the-jazz-world/

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Bird al Royal Roost

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Charlie Parker and his band

If that is Max Roach on drums, then that is around the time Bird was a constant performer at the Royal Roost. I don’t see Miles Davis in the group, so I would assume this is after the Christmas of 1948. If that is Kenny Dorham on Trumpet, which it looks like, then this is probably after 1948.


Miles Davis left the group, because he said he didn’t ‘like the way Duke Jordan,’ looked at him. Miles told Charlie Parker, “I don’t like the way he looks at me. We should kick him out the band.”..Bird told Miles, “Miles, the day you get your own band you can kick out whoever, until then, he stays.” Kenny Dorham became the immediate replacement of Miles Davis, after Miles pulled a no show Christmas Eve 1948 and started his own thing.

Fonte:  http://musician-photos.tumblr.com/