Roger: “…no matter how often I listen to a [jazz] record I always hear something new.” You are so right.
For me, the marked difference between jazz and almost any other type of music is that I tend to develop fixed biases or preferences for recorded performances of specific works, whereas with jazz, I tend to find joy in radically different interpretations. Don’t know why that should be, but there is something freeing about jazz.
In addition to Miles Davis, might I suggest Chet Baker, Dave Brubeck, Bix Beiderbecke, Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, to name but a few. Such a rich vein of creativity and inspiration.
Nice OTP that Claire wrote today, well thought out, and borne from your experience and education in Europe.
Catalina is right about Claire’s post, it’s very incisive and well-written. The same for Ron A’s. And by the way Catalina, I enjoyed reading your response to my comments. A fair argument well-stated. I hope you don’t think I’m an unpleasant person.
Brendan: Seems like everybody I know who likes jazz cites as a reason some version of what you and I have said here. The variety, the spontaneity, the freshness. Freeing is a good way yo put it.
I credit the late Bob Parlocha for making a jazz fan of me. His syndicated show Jazz With Bob Parlocha aired late nights for years on KUAR, Little Rock’s public radio station. Bob, who did his show from Alameda, Catalina, especially liked Charles Mingus and Stan Getz along with Miles, Coltrane, et al. I miss Bob. The show that’s on now is good, but not quite the same. Still, public radio is a good place to hear jazz.