I believe that contemporary jazz has what might be called a dysfunctional relationship with singers, and it is to the music’s artistic and commercial detriment that this is the case. While there are great vocal artists in contemporary jazz, there is a jaundiced view of singers among many jazz instrumentalists, one that places singers in the role of second-class jazz citizens.
That’s a small quote from a much longer blog post by the Irish bassist and educationist Ronan Guilfoyle. It’s a fascinating article on his Mostly Music blog in which Ronan articulates very clearly – and in language everyone can understand! – how this unfortunate situation has arisen, and what might be done to sort it out.
And aside from the specific argument – the whole subject of jazz, the voice and the instrument happens to enthral me but it might not be everyone’s bag – it’s just a superb example of the fine writing that goes on out here on the worldly-widely-inter-thingy. And we need such fine examples to encourage us when the drivel, dumb stuff and downright lies on things like Facebook are starting to get us down. It’s certainly made my day.
- Read it, everyone, I urge you – it’s here.