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Define Jazz...please, as we have different views

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Initial post: May 11, 2010 11:41:42 AM PDT
Rosemary Clooney but no Anita O'Day or June Christy? (and I love Rosie with Basie and James, an overlooked jazz singer) No mention of Stan Kenton arguably the most important jazz orchestra of the so-called modern jazz period. And, I don't see Teddy Wilson (you've certainly heard of The Benny Goodman Quartet and Quintet...or have you.). Bud Powell an MIA? Please get serious. So many greats are missing that it's not worth arguing the point. This is not a list for serious (or especially new) jazz listeners but a list intended to create disagreements and name dropping. I love Herb Alpert & The TJB but Herb never claimed to be a jazz artist. Woody Herman WAS a jazz artists and the missing names are conspicuous by their absence. Joe M. Hayes, Del Mar, CA

Posted on May 11, 2010 11:46:46 AM PDT
I just noticed. No Charlie Parker. No Charlie Haden? It's a joke, right?

Posted on May 11, 2010 12:28:46 PM PDT
Let me answer my own question as no one will read this in any event. IT'S NOT A JOKE! It's a marketing ploy that's all and I, for one, resent it. Come on you should be better than this. You pay graphics and advertising people to come up with what appears to be "great deal on JAZZ." It's not even a half-baked list of jazz greats or the "greatest jazz albums of all time." It's a sales tool. A sentimental shot in the arm for sales (to paraphrase Stan Freberg in "Green Christmas"). We have a list of pop singers omitting the likes of Eddie Jefferson and Mark Murphy and the aforementioned Anita O'Day and June Christy, you ignore classic without question jazz orchestras such as Stan Kenton, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Francie Boland/Kenny Clarke, etc. and leave out Charlie Parker for the Tijuana Brass, who albeit were a marvelous pop group, were never considered a jazz ensemble. Why not more of Kenny J. (I know, Kenny G. but I misspell it out of disrespect as he's no jazz artist either) as you have room having left out Teddy Wilson, Fats Waller, Bud Powell and countless others including Barney Kessel and Joe Pass. Was Charlie Christian listed or Django? Probably as the list seems to be more of what has in overloaded back inventory as opposed to real jazz or, dare I say, popular jazz (real jazz). I'm insulted so please in the future if you send me "deals" don't make absurd attempts to sell overstocked items. Joe M. Hayes, Del Mar, CA
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