Originally Posted by Anon La Ply
Funny thing, just been watching the Burns jazz series and the early bop players complained about all the commercial swing going on at the time Harks back to Wy's post). They had some pretty crappy stuff back then too - Dad used to like Kay Kaiser (a swing/pop big band leader) and I thought the music was very dull, cynical and lacking dynamics in much the same way as some of the recent compressed stuff.
Of course, some of the "pop" back then was great too, eg. In the Mood.
For sure! My Dad, who was a jazz fanatic, born in the 20's and played drums until he died in 2000, complained all the time about the crappy / cheesy stuff that so many tried to sell over as jazz. That being said, he didn't take too fondly to bop either.