In the course of Bob Blumenthal and Christian McBride’s intellectual sparring match at the 2007 IAJE conference in January, a topic arose that-like most every subject covered in this duo’s face-offs-received a quick one-two punch before morphing into another hot-button issue.
McBride’s query was something to the effect of: Why can’t today’s A-list players (and he names our cover artist Joshua Redman as one) garner the reverence held for their remastered forefathers? Blumenthal’s response was, in so many words, that the new players aren’t as good, and that original recordings always trump tributes. Kind of Blue was fingered as the record young jazzmen should aim to outsell if they want the NEA to give them a gold star. Talk about your tall orders.