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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Poetry and Spoken Word in Jazz -- Why I don't Like It

Some weeks ago, I said that I didn't like poetry and spoken word in jazz. That is unfortunately still the case. Nevertheless, as Chris Monsen on his perfect sounds blog points out, there are indeed good things to hear, and he illustrates this by showing the clip below based on a Gil Scott-Heron tune, and sure he is right. This is good stuff. Unfortunately, most poetry and spoken word is mostly bad poetry, bad spoken word, high brow fake intellectualism and painfully sentimental mellowness. But ... there is some good stuff. Hence the sharing. Thanks Chris!

© stef


Chris Monsen said...

You're welcome, stef.

Anonymous said...

How about Wait's 9th&Hennepin? ;)

Stef said...

Yes, I love Waits!

Anonymous said...

I've only recently discovered him - wish I had sooner. He's certainly an Artist with the capital A.