Modern Jazz, XM, and Soul Train Thoughts
I heard a cut from Dave Douglas’ new CD on XM72 on the drive home today. It was an adventurous trumpet/electronica fusion piece – exactly what I’m interested in. I thought “this is jazz today – why isn’t anyone recognizing it?”. I got home and did a search for another band I was introduced to on XM72 this morning – The Bad Plus. My first result answered my question. Newsweek has an article discussing jazz artists, specifically pianists, whose music is demanding to be heard. Go read this inspiring article and listen to the sound clips from The Bad Plus, Brad Mehldau, Matthew Shipp, and Jason Moran. Thanks to the author of the article, Seth Mnookin, for helping relieve my jazz frustration . . . Russ Davis, the man behind Beyond Jazz, XM Satellite Radio channel 72, has a weekly weekend tradition. Every Saturday, he has “Words & Music,” hourly interview segments throughout the day. This week is “The Masters of Modern Jazz Guitar” and he’s got a monster list of musicians lined up. Davis talks to Al Di Meola, Charlie Hunter, George Benson, John Scofield, Larry Coryell, Pat Metheny, Ronny Jordan, Steve Khan, and more . . . Why doesn’t the Soul Train honor jazz? Their annual Music Awards ceremony was Saturday but no jazz artists or categories were presented. Didn’t they used to have a jazz award? I thought I remember Diana Krall winning in a few years ago.