Saturday, November 19, 2005

Is jazz dead?

'"Is Jazz Dead?" asks Stuart Nicholson in a provocative book title. Anyone following jazz journalism for the past decade would be familiar with its alleged assassins. The remaining four major American labels have eviscerated their jazz rosters. Norah Jones — with her mix of country mannerisms and pop accessibility — keeps Blue Note afloat while lauded musicians cling to their contracts for dear life.' More

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