Thursday, August 2, 2012

Is it time for the Death of the Jazz Standard?

Over on CBC Music, James Hale wrote a great article on the state of the jazz standard in modern music.

He quotes Ted Gioia, a well known jazz writer, Ken Schaphorst, chair of jazz studies at the New England Conservatory, and Andy Milne, composer and teacher The New School and New York University, to help support the article.

Gioia says:
For the most part, the standard repertoire is not much different today than in the early ‘70s ... that can’t be a healthy state of affairs. In earlier decades, jazz benefited from having a dialogue with the best popular music of the day. When jazz musicians lose interest in having that dialogue, and focus too much on the past, their music runs the risk of stagnation.”
You can read the rest of the article [here.]

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