Do Critics Need to Be Able to Play Jazz? No, but it Helps.

A few days ago The Boston Jazz Blog put up a post that asks the oft-debated question: Do Jazz Critics Need to Know How to Play Jazz?  The post has answers from many of today's most prominent critics such as Ben Ratliff, Ted Panken and Nate Chinen.  For the most part the consensus was "no, …

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Jazziz Magazine’s Awesome Idea: “Personal Taste”

Ask any jazz critic, or jazz fan for that manner if they're biased.  If they say no they're straight up bullshitting you.  Even my man Leonard Feather (if I had a dime for every time someone asked me "so when are you going to write that Feather bio?" I'd be a rich man) had biases, oh good …

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