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December 29, 2008



Absolutely true about Jazz - as I have been getting deeper into Jazz playing many others things have become clear, and I'll definitely read this book, *BUT* Marsalis has some very weird (and historically incorrect) ideas about Jazz so I will be reading it with that in mind.

Ed Brenegar

I'm a big fan of Wynton. I love the way he brings such a high intelligence to articulating the beauty of jazz. His XM radio show is a great primer on music in general. I just picked up his book. I'm excited about reading it. Thanks for your review.

Greg Thomas


I agree with your assessment of the value of Wynton's most recent book on jazz. I happen to host an online jazz video series titled, Jazz it Up!, and I can assure you that our take on jazz is more than decoration!

I particularly find your linkage of Zen and jazz insightful. Several years ago I gave a presentation called "The Tao of Jazz" which investigated the connection between jazz, Taoism and even fractal geometry. Such analogies are thought-provoking to your readers.

Keep up the great work, and have a happy holiday!

Keep swingin',

Greg Thomas

PS: To the person who claimed that Wynton has weird and historically inaccurate ideas about jazz, specifics would serve better than an ad hominem attack.

Ben Ziegler

Thanks for this post. As a follow-on, I went out and got Wynton's book. Great stuff. I saw his Blood on the Fields show in L.A. in 1997. I was in the nose bleed section, still the sound was pretty good. Another of my jazz heroes - Jon Hendricks was singing in that performance. Never found much on YouTube re: Hendricks, yet here is my favorite clip involving his vocalese trio Lambert Hendricks and Ross - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anrXYEAkg8U
- they were the most swinging vocal group ever! Wynton would be proud of them.

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