I’ve never really understood free jazz and nobody I know who likes it has ever convinced me that it’s anything more than
a petulant and obscurantist rebellion against convention and a platform for primadonnas an irritant.
I say that from a position of profound ignorance – I can hardly tell you how profound. I’m bound to get in trouble for this from at least one quarter.
I’m averse to free jazz I feel I’m destined to remain ignorant about free jazz.
So it tickles that bad arguments are becoming known as ‘jazz’ (can’t point to any examples – just something I’ve noticed lately). The type of bad argument that’s, like free jazz, an unending rudderless deviation peppered with squawks, aimlessly repetitive and ultimately ending up nowhere.
Hey – doesn’t Gilad Atzmon play jazz? I wonder if it’s free? Bet it is.