August 29, 2007

ACTUALLY, MOST WRITING. THESE DAYS:

The Death of Jazz: a review of Coltrane: The Story of a Sound
by Ben Ratliff (Ben Hughes, Esquire)

The jazz critic for the New York Times, Ratliff is engaging and opinionated throughout, picking up the loose strands of Coltrane's myth and weaving them back into the sturdy line of his music. But better yet, at 272 pages, he's a great editor. Whereas most jazz writing is like most jazz -- too long, too wanky, too dense -- Ratliff learned an important lesson from his subject: Sometimes a few well-chosen notes are more powerful than a barrage of impenetrable sound.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 29, 2007 5:21 PM
Comments

oj -- I agree with the writing part, but anyone who thinks "most jazz" is "too long, too wanky, too dense" should go back to listening to Madonna.(Has this guy even listened to Coltrane?)

Posted by: Randall Voth at August 30, 2007 4:24 AM

Coltrane's dead. The cheap imitations live on.

Posted by: oj at August 30, 2007 10:35 AM
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