Buell Neidlinger: From Taylor to Zappa to the Carpenters
AAJ: Yeah, they actually tried to do that at the college station I worked at, but I left before I had to sell out. This is even college radio, and they do that there too.
BN: But that’s for Neil Diamond and Earth Wind and Fire; that’s how that business works. But to apply it to creative music, that’s a big mistake. Because then what you’re gonna hear is based on the taste of a programmer...
AAJ: ...Who is basing his tastes on the money that the record label may be sending him.
BN: That’s right, and so I don’t know who’s going to rescue us from that. Then when we come to the general tone of Jazz journalism as epitomized by Joseph Woodard of Jazz Times, hey, that ain’t very good either. I’m a little bit worried. I thought after 9/11... you know, at K2B2, we’re always getting tapes from people, and they’ve become less and less interesting over the years, so I thought that maybe 9/11 would produce the emotional conditions that would bring out the next Ornette Coleman or the next Albert Ayler or whatever, but we didn’t get anything strikingly emotional sent to us for consideration. As a matter of fact, it was more like... minimalism. That’s what it’s seemingly coming to with the younger jazz artists. Kind of a minimalist approach – repetition, tones which aren’t expressive, really dead. I’m 67 and I hope I can live long enough for the next Bird, Trane, or the next Albert Ayler. I can’t wait. If anybody out there is playing along those lines, please send us the tapes right away. We want to release their album.
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