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Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Jazz for People Who Hate Jazz

Artist Louis Armstrong
Other tags jazz

Wow  Your column on Jazz for folks who don't like Jazz really hit home.  With the exception of viewing the Ken Burns film and getting more exposure to a full range of Jazz it was as if you had written my thoughts on the subject.  I will now follow through and check out something beyond the few Jazz pieces I listen to (pretty much Blue on Blue).  Thanks

"I've often rejected the notion of critical review. My mantra has been that all music is good to someone, somewhere, sometime."  That is so how I feel about music...

Lots of great jazz out there...my dad loved it, so I heard it from the time I was old enough to know I was listening...Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang, Dukes of Dixieland, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, Monk, Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery, Django, Les Paul, Duke Ellington...later I found I loved Chet Baker, some of Miles and Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Keith Jarrett...Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Larry Carlton, Al DiMeola, Yellow Jackets...of the stuff you posted the Red Allen/King Oliver/Jelly Roll are all classics, and that Bessie Smith track is just great...the Fats Waller is my favorite of them all I think...

But like you, roots music is my favorite, though I'm not sure it's all that different from the jazz I like...when things get too abstract and free form, I tend to disengage from it...

That documentary is really excellent...like you said, most anyone would find jazz they liked, they just need to hear enough of it...even if it is light or pop jazz like Bob James, Fourplay, the Crusaders...lots of styles and good stuff out there...