Jan 28 2019
So… about 2018, Part IV: This is a subtweet
All due respect, seriously, all of it, but one of the most misguided, tepid things a person could have said about fans being effusive a.f. about the modern jazz scene is “hey, guys, let’s not get too excited, huh?”
Wrong. Bad. Ignore that advice.
But a far greater sin is if that person tried to convince you that your excitement is somehow disrespectful or hurtful to the scene.
It’s not. Not even close. And to suggest otherwise is not only insipid, but also guilty of the very thing being warned against.
Get too excited. Hyperbole away. Celebrate these days, because the modern jazz scene (or whatever you want to call it) is having a serious moment, and it’s a moment that can last for a day, a year, an era, an endless age of celebrating new music and grand expressions and creative upheavals. Embrace it with all you got.
Here is a song that makes me feel completely alive every damn time I hear it. It’s golden.
January 30, 2019 @ 6:39 am
Nice shout out to Omer Avital, who would nearly always make my hypothetical list for jazz fans of “10 Albums that You Likely Missed, But Shouldn’t” in any year when he has a release (including 2018, with his almost “invisible” release of “Qantar”). I think Qantar may have been self-released and did not get much exposure even relative to his earlier recordings, but it is always fresh and interesting as with most of his work.