Urgh…. I’m going to fire Downbeat like I fired sports radio! I have to wait till my subscription runs out so my wife doesn’t get her feelings hurt (she buys it for me for Xmas).
Okay, so given my musical tastes I wasn’t exactly thrilled with this months cover story on Robert Glasper simply because I’m not a fan of his music. Talented as he is, its not for me. It was more the title of the article: SLAP: Robert Glasper’s Jazz Wake Up Call. A bit pretentious. I’m not going to get into it, you can read the article yourself and form your own opinions. It wasn’t quite as bad as I thought it was gonna be and as I read I actually considered buying his record to push my own boundaries and check out what he’a doing. Then the kicker……
When the issue of repertoire choice came up he answered ignorantly and arrogantly: “Everybody’s running around here asking where the audiences are, but they’re not playing anything relevant to the society of now. They’re playing stuff relevant to a society of 1960 or 1940.”
Wow nice work Glasper. Really classy to basically dis your peers and contemporaries who make their musical living playing the great old American Songbook. They may never grace the cover of Downbeat and be relegated to the ‘Players’ or ‘Blindfold Test’ section of the magazine but insinuating that what the play is irrelevant.
Why don’t you just play your shit and do your thing without dissing a whole ‘way’ of playing. I think it might be you that needs a wake up call.