Published since 2003
I've spent the last 30 jazzbo years dropping more disposable income into recordings and the occasional show than is wise.
Critics site Rolph with pandering to the public, for bringing a Jerry Springer-like quality to jazz history. Rolph dismisses such claims as nothing more than misplaced ethics. Does it ever keep the producer up at night? "I think everyone wants recognition for what they do, but we really don't need respect, not really. Giving people another look at their idols, now that's what's important."
"Whitewashing worked in Eisenhower's era but that's a long time ago. It's a new millennium and we've long since learned how spotless role models never existed. Honestly, I think Sony and EMI would have jumped at the chance to publish this material if they didn't have outdated reputations to think of."
But what of the seemingly impossible pairings? Featured musicians were often philosophically opposed to one another and simple chronology raises an eyebrow or two. The phone rings, Rolph gives a wink and the interview is over.
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