It's like he's trying to be too many things to too many people.
I'm waiting for the time /person who can just be these things without "trying". Stevie Wonder was there for a little while, Earth Wind & Fire too. Marilyn Scott's first LP, the greater part of Monday Michiru's work is all
the way there...so I know it's not a "human" impossibility to naturally/meaningfully be simultaneously parts of may different places/strata/whatever. But we live in a time where this..."multiness" has been steered into a cheap lower-common-denominator-ness, appealing only to base instincts, be they high or low in character.
I'm also waiting for the time/person who can make music like this without it being a "project" and instead just have it be their music. Period. Again, Monday Michiru has pretty much been there and done that, but that she had to do it w/o any support at all from the American pop or jazz "industry" suggests that these industries like to sell what they know that the consumer knows that they want to know. Big surprise, that, eh?
So...anything that moves the ball along, the game of musical literacy and imagination being able to organically speak a language that "preaches past the choir", be that movement be inside the artist, the public, the industry, all/some/none/of the above, and/or etc., I'm all for it. Those who are not so called can go ahead on, but those who are...should not let Purism (real, imagined, feared, or forced) be a consideration.
With all the Purist Tentacles infesting the music at all levels these days...easier said than done, which leads me to wonder...was the Glasper album under discussion here sanctioned by the new Don Was Blue Note Regime?
So, what was Tribe Called Quest/Jungle Brothers/the Roots doing? JDilla? I respect what Glasper is trying to do, but again, to say this is new is ignoring a lot of recent history
Couldn't agree more, but Hype gonna do what Hype gonna do...
And remember - this
Hype is being directed at/to "jazz fans" for whom computers in music are necessary evils, and then only for reproducing music, never for actually making it!
(ok, that was a little snide. But inaccurate? Not all that
Edited by JSngry, 01 April 2012 - 02:47 PM.