[Dixielandjazz] Phil Napoleon & more
marekboym at gmail.com
Thu Jun 2 01:48:44 PDT 2011
On 2 June 2011 04:42, Stephen G Barbone <barbonestreet at earthlink.net> wrote:
> On Jun 1, 2011, at 3:46 PM, Marek Boym wrote: (in part)
>> Dear Steve,
>> Semantics or not, I beg to disagree.
>> We do not quite know what Daily played in 1930. The review does not
>> prove anything. It even claims that "Napoleon's outfit features a lot
>> of original players from the 1920s." This alone casts serious doubt
>> on the reviewer's knowledge of jazz history and understanding of the
>> music itself.
> Dear Marek:
> Not to belabor the point, but music critic Marshall Stearns whose review
> you first questioned
Not the review - the liner notes.
> "This alone casts
> serious doubt on the reviewer's knowledge of jazz history and understanding
> of the music itself" is a leap to an erroneous conclusion.
Not Stearns' - Elder's.
> Far be it from me to defend a critic, however Mr. Stearns besides being an
> author of books about jazz,
I have "The Story of Jazz," and have read it more than once. So?
and writer about jazz in numerous magazines like
> Variety, Downbeat etc., founded the Institute of Jazz Studies in his NYC
> apartment, then negotiated its relocation to Rutgers University in Trenton
> NJ. The Institute now claims to be the largest and most comprehensive
> library and archive of jazz in the world. Here is Mr. Stearns mission
> statement, circa 1953.
> I suspect that Mr. Stearns knew more about the music itself than you and I
> put together.
Perhaps. But he still gave the wrong impression. Because of his
knowledge I suspected that he might have done so on purpose.
And the last posting, the one which you have answered, was about Bruce
Elder, the reviewer.
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