Re: Pat Metheny on Kenny G and other Jazz greats
If you go down the accessibility line then you have to blame guys like Monk, Parker, Miles, Cotrane or Bill Evans. Jazz was popular in the, 1920s, reaching its peak in the late 1930s and 40s. In the fifties you still had popular jazz artists but it was mostly the singers, Louis Jordan, Ella, Sinatra, even Louie Armstrong who maintained popularity. In 1959 you had Take Five, which was a big hit but rock and roll took the mainstream by storm with surf rock, the British invasion, youth culture and the counter culture. That became the popular, accessible music of the time. But much great jazz was still being created.
Are you really going to chastise Wayne Shorter, Metheny and Chick Corea for not having a top ten hit or diminish something because of its lack of popularity? Like wise I wouldn't diminish Herbie Hancock because he has. When you go down the line of diminish music because of its accessibility, you define everything with value through its commercialism. As wonderfully ideological it is to believe that the free market takes care of everything, it doesn't.
Ken Marino Drum Teacher "It's not worth keeping score. You win some. You lose some, you let it go"