Jazz Since The Seventies
Most of what’s passed for jazz since the dawn of the Reagan age strikes me as uninspired pop music. Y’all can have Kenny G and Wynton Marsalis. But at any given moment, there’s a scene where people haven’t forgotten that jazz is about making it new, looking ahead. John Litweiler’s The Freedom Principle: Jazz Since 1958 takes the story through the 1970s; Francis Davis’s In the Moment: Jazz in the 1980s moves it ahead. I have yet to read anything that makes sense of jazz since 1990. If you find it, give me a shout.