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  • John Morton wrote on November 16, 2012 report

    Good to see such a fair and balanced account of what used to be a very contentious and divisive issue. Personally, I dislike labels, anyway. The many cultures on Earth would not have existed in the form we now see them if we had always possessed modern systems of travel and communication. Different styles from around the globe are showing an increasing tendency to melt together, with consequences that are difficult to predict. Mongrels have a better constitution! I suppose Latin ifluences were the first 'outside' element to enrich jazz, which was formed in the first place by a mixture of European, Spanish and negro influences. I once pulled my Kenton recordings out after a long absence and it really hit me hard; what a band and what an achievement.

  • Mort Weiss wrote on November 16, 2012 report

    Stan, on his occasional solo spots DID NOT SWING in the sense that we are discussing here-but the band in toto -and the cats that he hired kicked major ass!!! We are all of us in Stan's debt for creating-maintaining and bringing us the wonderful music that he believed in-the same might be said for Woody-Brubeck DID NOT SWING in the traditional concept-but his groups sure did! and put up against whats happening in today's so-called jazz scene ---NO CONTEST!!

    straight ahead. Mort Weiss