Ep17. Critique of criticisms of jazz
- 1 Discussion
- 2 Critique of criticisms of jazz
- 2.1 What is a critique?
- 2.2 Criticisms made of jazz
- 2.3 Assessments of criticisms made of jazz
- 2.4 Conclusions regarding the boringness of jazz
- 2.5 Conclusions regarding the overratedness of jazz
- 2.6 Conclusions regarding the washedupedness of jazz
- 3 NOTES
Critique of criticisms of jazz
What is a critique?
Criticisms made of jazz
“Just nine days later (July, 2014), the Washington Post ran a caustic article that began with three memorable sentences: “Jazz is boring. Jazz is overrated. Jazz is washed up.” This article might also have been satire, or perhaps it represented the author’s actual opinion—in either case, it was a clumsy affair. (bold not in original)
Assessments of criticisms made of jazz
Why jazz is boring
Why jazz is not boring
Conclusions regarding the boringness of jazz
Why jazz is overrated
Oxford Dictionaries provide an excellent definiens for the verb "overrate" as follows:
“o·ver·rate: VERB. overrated (past tense) · overrated (past participle). have a higher opinion of (someone or something) than is deserved. Synonyms include assess too highly · overestimate · overvalue · rate/prize too highly · think too much of · exaggerate the worth of · attach too much importance to · praise too highly · exaggerate the merits of · over-praise · oversell · glorify · magnify · blow up · over-prize. </ref>(bold not in original)
Any one who claims that jazz is over rated has all of these synonyms in mind so it is a strong claim to make and have to defend.
Notice first that the critic here already concedes that jazz is "well rated" for were it not already to be by this very critic then it would be impossible to be over-rated. Were we to ask the critic if she or he knows how jazz came to get these high regard that they must presume to voice their original criticism would this critic have much to say on this score? Does the critic know and appreciate the struggle that people of color have gone through in committing their lives to keeping the music alive? Does the critic know about having to overcome segregated music unions, only allowed to enter from the rear 'servant' doors of hotels, having to deal with police as Miles Davis did when he got sapped by a N.Y. cop while escorting a women to a taxi and then smoking a cigarette outside. His name was on the marquee sign at the sidewalk. Didn't make any difference to these two thug cops.
The critic is going to be yelling by now, that's not jazz, that's about racism so it doesn't count towards giving jazz a high value. Will this reasoning really standup under questioning? Can we separate the jazz from the lives of the jazz musicians when we go to value the music?
Why jazz is not overrated
Conclusions regarding the overratedness of jazz
Why jazz is washed up
Why jazz is not washed up
Conclusions regarding the washedupedness of jazz
- "What's With This Surge in Jazz Bashing?," Ted Gioia, The Daily Beast," fourth paragraph, November 2, 2014.