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We paused as UN peacekeepers rolled onto the battleground that jazz critics and musicians inhabit these days. Our intafada against Kenny G, and the shelling by the Downtown artists halted as the Lincoln Center’s uptown brigade reloaded. The multinational squad was made up of Dr. Ted Borodofsky and his Southern Jazz band. Out of their unarmed transports came the music of Dixieland swing. His jazz, an authentic group swing, caused a cessation of all aggression. Yes, jazz was once a happy music and this collection of Paducah, Kentucky musicians was showing us the jazz version of the Jimmy Stewart film, It’s A Wonderful Life. Clarinetist Dr. Ted Borodofsky, a practicing Ophthalmologist, weaves sweet lines around the strong trumpet of Jerry Ford (the consultant, not the ex-president) while bass trombonist Ray Cissell supplies the heart and soul of the band. For the cynic, professional and amateur alike, there’s no argument that this music played with sincerity and love is the essence of jazz.
Track List:Sweet Georgia Brown; Bye Bye Blackbird; Makin’ Whoopie; Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet; Amazing Grace; Heart Of My Heart; Margie; Up A Lazy River; Georgia On My Mind; Oh, Lady Be Good; Peace Like A River; Tin Roof Blues; You Are My Sunshine; Home Sweet Home.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.