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“Jazz Is An Accident Waiting To Happen”: Spinal Tap Weighs In

Forget time-consuming books or hip artistic koans--the members of Spinal Tap tell you what jazz is really all about:

Forget time-consuming books or hip artistic koans. The members of Spinal Tap will tell you what jazz is really all about:

I guess they’ve turned their backs on it since Jazz Odyssey.

(Many thanks to Dick Bishop, founding host of Afterglow, and Jack Ost for passing this along.)

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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  • BH

    pretty funny vid,

    Actually, institutionalizing jazz is destroying the music, with everyone learning the same licks and forms in order to make good grades and be 'hip', instead of taking chances and innovating.

    The classical music tradition was destroyed by insititutionalization as well, with professors being the gatekeepers of what is 'art' despite the music becoming obviously garbage. They actually teach 12 tone composition in universities as if it is some kind art on par with Brahms. But no one can remember how to compose in the style of Bach, so whatever is passing for 'music theory' nowadays obviously does not encompass the knowledge of the craft of the traditional 'titans' Haydn, Mozart etc.

    Also, Thelonious Monk would play bad on purpose sometimes just to watch ignorant people clap anyway.

    BH

  • BH

    pretty funny vid,

    Actually, institutionalizing jazz is destroying the music, with everyone learning the same licks and forms in order to make good grades and be 'hip', instead of taking chances and innovating.

    The classical music tradition was destroyed by insititutionalization as well, with professors being the gatekeepers of what is 'art' despite the music becoming obviously garbage. They actually teach 12 tone composition in universities as if it is some kind art on par with Brahms. But no one can remember how to compose in the style of Bach, so whatever is passing for 'music theory' nowadays obviously does not encompass the knowledge of the craft of the traditional 'titans' Haydn, Mozart etc.

    Also, Thelonious Monk would play bad on purpose sometimes just to watch ignorant people clap anyway.

    BH

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