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December 29, 2008

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xman

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

GArr,

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
http://www.jazzituptv.com

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

Garr,
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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