Why Jazz needs more Soul & Swing!

Where are the giants of Jazz?

On 11/08/10 • Lee Mergner wrote this review of Cassandra Wilson: Coloring Outside the Lines Noted jazz singer releases Silver Pony, her 15th album as a leader and first since 2008.
On Nov 26, 2010 at 01:44PM NV6250 commented:
She keeps learning, she keeps evolving. Nice encouraging words. However, what do they do for jazz?. These statements make more fans of Contemporary Jazz, of Joni Mitchell and Jane Monheit. In my opinion jazz singers should take lessons from Carmen McRae in selecting material. Also I think singers should follow a certain ritual in becoming jazz singers: Can you swing? Can you sing a ballad in a slow tempo & can you sing a different arrangement of
most standards and can you sing up tempo without scatting your way through it? Also what is this burning desire to write material. There is so much material written by jazz artists that are begging for lyrics. I think the writer is overanalyzing her work as something of a miracle! Yet she has failed to be embraced by the general jazz buying public. Like Norah Jones she seems desperate to individualize. As a jazz fan once told me "sure, she's nice but can she swing"! That's what jazz needs, more swing!

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