Originally Posted by Big Foot
Louis Armstrong was the Kenny G of his time for a good 20 years of his career. His jazz peers were less then in pressed w/ his selling out.
I was waiting for some one to bring that up. It's like Miles in the 1980s. obviously there is a huge difference in the caliber of musicianship between a Miles or Armstrong. How many musical movements did each actually inspire? there is also Wes, who Metheny emulates and was criticized for his commercialism. I really don't like Metheny's stuff from the late 1980s. But n his own way, Metheny helped to shape and mold smooth jazz so I think that gives him the right to state his opinions about it.