Monday, January 19, 2004Jazz - Delicious Hot, Disgusting Cold
i can feel jazz creeping up on me the way you feel a bad head cold a day or so before it bites. can't stand the stuff, mostly. music for maths fans and people with Grade 8 Music Theory.
lord knows, i tried. i paid my dues with A Love Supreme and The Birth of The Cool. but it just didn't click.
even when i was listening to a lot of Tortoise and the like - and loving them more than anything for the polyrhythms and the looseness, i still baulked when i thought they were veering too far into jazz. sure, i like some of the easy stuff - Chet Baker, Louis Armstrong. You know, stuff with a tune, something you could hum along too.
... but i think there's some duplicity going on. i mean, take The Necks
that can't be jazz, surely. sounds like Can to me. definitely not jazz. but apparently they are...
and i'm not fooling anybody if i try and claim that the beautiful Cedric Im Brooks album The Light Of Saba isn't jazz, Kingston-style.. i mean, there's solos and shit,,
i'm fighting it off but i've got a bad, bad feeling about where all this is leading...
posted by dubversion at 8:55 pm