Friday, October 06, 2006

Ben Ratliff writes about Listening With Branford Marsalis: "One of Mr. Marsalis's tough-love opinions is that jazz has precisely the level of exposure it deserves. "Musicians are always talking about, 'Why isn't jazz popular,'" he said. "But musicians today"- and he was talking specifically about jazz musicians - "are completely devoid of charisma. People never really liked the music in the first place. So now you have musicians who are proficient at playing instruments, and people sit there, and it's just boring to them - because they're trying to see something, or feel it.""