Web logs (aka blogs) are all the rage right now. Most people post their thoughts on various topics on a Web site; some do so in e-mails and send it to their loyal readership. But what if one of those e-mail or Web site conversations, specifically one about music, was edited into a book? Welcome to The Future of Jazz.
The Future of Jazz, edited by Yuval Taylor, features 10 critics interacting via e-mail about various topics in the jazz world. Each critic contributed one essay, sent it around and then the other critics, as well as the original author, commented on it via e-mail over a period of time. Basically, it’s just like an interactive blog, but with better spelling.
The critics-Will Friedwald, Ted Gioia, Jim Macnie, Peter Margasak, Stuart Nicholson, Ben Ratliff, John F. Szwed, Greg Tate, Peter Watrous and K. Leander Williams–take on such topics as “Jazz and Race,” “Jazz-Rock,” “The Business of Jazz,” “Jazz Institutions, Infrastructures and Media” and many more.
The Future of Jazz is published by A Cappella, an imprint of Chicago Review Press, and will be available in May 2002.Originally Published