Brief thoughts on the Sonny Rollins/New Yorker/Django Gold Kerfuffle

My S.O. said I couldn't limit my thoughts on last week's Django Gold's satirical piece in the New Yorker about Sonny Rollins to five short sentences. I'm about to prove her wrong. In no particular order: If you thought it was funny (I laughed at the Miles bit), cool; if not, also fine. The response …

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What Ted Gioia Missed, and Absolutely Nailed

You might have read Ted Gioia's recent piece on The Daily Beast entitled "Music Criticism Has Degenerated into Lifestyle Reporting."  Gioia laments the current state of music criticism, arguing that it rarely includes analytical discussions of the music in the way that football commentators often include details of how a particular play or strategy works …

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OutsideInsideOut’s Top 10 of 2013

In Simulacra and Simulation Jean Baudrillard notes how humans like to stockpile their past as a way to remember it.  Perhaps one of the finest examples of this are the various year end poll, best of lists, recaps, summaries etc.  This year NPR Music hosted the annual jazz critics poll that Francis Davis has been …

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Words Don’t Go There: When “Tight” Just Won’t Do It

So you've probably heard the adage: "writing about music is like dancing about architecture."  That gets to what follows, but I was reading something for my dissertation a couple weeks back (I can't remember the author, perhaps it was Nathaniel Mackey) and the phrase "words don't go there" really stuck out.  What the author was …

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A Great Conversation on the “Is Jazz Dead?” Theme

If you've been going through the jazz blogosphere recently you've likely to have come across another iteration on the "Is Jazz Dead?" debate.  In this case it has stemmed from reactions to Ted Gioia's new book, The Jazz Standards.  A professor of mine, William Harris, posted a link on facebook to Benjamin Schwarz' response to …

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Another “best of” list – this time saxophonists

There's just about nothing that uber nerdy jazz fans like to do is make lists of their favorite players and albums.  And I've found a new one that I think is pretty interesting.  The good folks at the Burning Ambulance blog recently put together their top 50 greatest saxophonists of all time.  While their list …

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