Thursday, August 20, 2009

AccuJazz News: Roll-Out Continues With "Decade: '90s"

The pace is slowing a bit, but we're still rolling out new channels pretty frequently. This week, with "Decade: '90s", we come one channel closer to finishing our roll-out of decades channels.

As is the case with the '80s, the jazz scene in the '90s is impossible to tether to any single style, concept, or trend. There were a lot of excellent jazz musicians, young and old, continuing to make passionate music in an extremely diverse range of styles, including the ever-more popular practice of eschewing style and tradition altogether.

A shortlist of major jazz talents who started their recording careers in the '90s includes Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dave Douglas, Stefon Harris, Brian Blade, Avishai Cohen, Jason Moran, and Medeski, Martin & Wood. Whoa.

Plus, there were a lot of great jazz veterans still making records: Joe Henderson, Tony Williams, Ray Brown, Bobby Hutcherson, Benny Golson, Paul Motian, Roscoe Mitchell and Billy Taylor, to name a few. The '90s, while not considered a golden age for jazz, like the '50s or '60s, definitely saw its fair share of good music.

Go ahead and hear it all, now, on AccuJazz's "Decade: '90s" channel. Then, as always, let me know what you think!

Thanks for the few comments I've been getting lately, BTW. I appreciate it, and I'm sorry if I don't respond immediately; I'm simply not used to getting comments on the blog and kind of stopped looking for them for a while there.

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