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Re: jazzer TV
1/11/2001 4:47 PM
Christopher Sung (9641) wrote:
I saw the 1st episode on Monday night, and will have the VCR set to tape the first 3 that will run in succession on Saturday.
Last Sunday, in the NY Times, there was a long article about it with a lot of different opinions. The general consensus is that it is not comprehensive nor was it ever intended to be, and that its main focus is on the historical significance of the genre. As a result, there is very little coverage after 1960 because this time period was not deemed to be 'historical' enough (i.e. it's occurred too recently to be considered 'history'). Ken Burns also designed it to appeal to the layman, and not the musician. Consequently, all the historians, sociologists, and critics love it, and all the musicians find it lacking (i.e. 'How could you leave out Phineas Newborn???').
Personally, I was initially very dismayed when I learned that Wynton Marsalis was a primary figure throughout the series because I have always thought of him as being too traditional and conversative to be a good embellisher of the points to be made. However, after seeing part 1, I realize that he is definitely the best man for the job, and the actual musical examples he plays that show the transformation of different musical elements from the different sub-genres of jazz to be immensely valuable...
Just my 2 cents...