I know I may open myself up to many criticisms and backlash for my comments but I don’t care. Its no different than the people out there that have strong opinions about the constant desire and need to make sure what they’re listening to is new and cutting edge. I say *&^% it, I don’t care.
This weekend with The Tony Foster Trio featuring Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen is everything jazz is supposed to be; swinging, fun, happy, sad, humorous, engaging…need I go on? It just put some faith back in me that these things actually STILL exist in this music AND more importantly that there are tons of people that LOVE IT. Scott and / or Harry won’t ever get on the cover of Downbeat or Jazz Times, they’ll never get headlining gigs at festivals because the views of most of those organizations is that if it swings and feels good then its not worthy of writing about.
Long live the torch bearers of things that swing!