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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