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Thursday, October 01, 2009

A Cool Yule and a Boppy New Year When it Comes

My attention has been directed to a card inside the new jazz uk. The subject is Nikki Iles' "Jazz on a Winter's Night" (Christmas carols and songs in "authentic jazz styles".)
This posed my correspondent with the question as to what Nikki (or the publishers) consider to be an "authentic jazzstyle"?
The book (11 Christmas classics for jazz piano) is also described as having "pieces with written-out improvisations, fully notated".
"Written out improvisations". What, he wonders, is jazz coming to?
Well, as one of Nikki Iles' fans, I'm sure the publishers are the perpetrators here. Perhaps "Written out variations" would be more appropriate?
Still, speaking as someone who dug MJQ's "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, it would be nice to think that as we approach the "Season of Good Swill" we might hear some swingy sounds rather than the traditional dull and boring fare.

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