Is there a place in Gramophone for Jazz and Improvised Music?

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Is there a place in Gramophone for Jazz and Improvised Music?

The inclusion, in the new issue, of a review by Philip Clark which includes comments about musicians associated with jazz and improvised music prompts me to wonder if a page of the magazine might be devoted to this area of music each month. A search of the archive shows that it was once a feature of Gramophone, with Charles Fox writing about such great players as Anthony Braxton and Derek Bailey. Philip Clark would be just the person to write about this music as he is well aware of the worth of musicians such as those he mentions in his review ( Wadada Leo Smith, Eddie Prevost etc.) as against those deemed to be 'acceptable' to a classical audience (Brad Mehldau, Keith Jarrett etc.).

RE: Is there a place in Gramophone for Jazz and Improvised Music

The difficulty is that the other genres of music you mention justify the same weight of consideration and exploration as classical, and so to give a page or two to them would be at best merely scratching the surface. What we do recognise is that the dividing line between, in particular, contemporary music, and improvisation, jazz, sound art and so on is a healthily fluid one. Where we feel it's a natural step into other genres, it is a step we often take, but classical music (the term a discussion in itself of course) is the starting point.

Editor and Publisher, Gramophone

RE: Is there a place in Gramophone for Jazz and Improvised Music

Surely, if you want to read about jazz, you can buy a jazz magazine?

'Art doesn't need philosophers. It just needs to communicate from soul to soul.' Alejandro Jodorowsky

Is there a place in Gramophone for Jazz and Improvised Music?

Having been a reader of G for many years (45 in fact,with some older issues acquired 2nd hand) I remember when G used to review pop,jazz,film music,and spoken word issues. For people with a vague interest in these things,G was very useful.

G was quite good for technical reviews too,with the likes of John Borwick and Percy Wilson displaying their expert knowledge to guide us to selecting suitable equipment,and they were never wrong,unlike the present crop of hifi 'experts' who put appearance on the same level as performance.

Sedgley.

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