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Wynton Marsalis Masterclass

A nice piece on WM: he may not be my favourite trumpeter, but he does good work. I don’t know exactly why he gets a lot of stick – too traditionalist perhaps? He’s a very articulate, modest and compelling guy doing good stuff with a variety of people including of course Simon Rattle – now…

Is Jazz Dead?

Here is a critical review of a book that I haven’t yet read. The review rightly touches on several meta-issues in Jazz but whatever insights Duncan Heining’s review offers and whatever perhaps legitimate criticisms he levels against the target author, Heining’s political sociology itself comes over as a sophomorish off-the-peg conceptual apparatus so characteristic of circles…