Craft beer is currently going through an explosion both creatively and financially. The industry has grown leaps and bounds beyond anyone's wildest dreams. Jazz has had these periods too. But when the dust settles, and the chaos calms is when the truth, the chops, and the nuance come to light. Personally, I love both phases of advancement. I love the rush and excitement of mass growth and advancement as much as I love the periods of slight improvement inching towards the concept of perfection. Or at least perfection as designed by the musician or brewmaster then confirmed or denied by the listener or drinker.
Whether it be craft beer or jazz, both are disciplines that have a dichotomy rooted in proven past procedure and a rule-breaking creative future. But more importantly, they both are expressions of their creator and are intended to enhance our time spent here roaming the earth. The end product should both show us a piece of the creator's soul as well as articulate the world around us in a way that words cannot.
I love jazz because it has allowed me to find my own voice.
I was first exposed to jazz as a child through my parents.
The best show I ever attended was Cassandra Wilson and Dianne Reeves. AMAZING!!!
The first jazz record I bought was Carmen Sings Monk.
My advice to new listeners is to listen with your heart and feel with your experiences.