Originally Posted by con struct
Louis Armstrong is the fountainhead of jazz. His importance to the music cannot be overstated.
That's the point, isn't it? Metheny doesn't state that he desecrated a jazz legend, but is clear that he has desecrated the most important figure in jazz.
I think an argument could be made, however academic, that Kenny G is appropriating the tune , and in that sense 'claiming Armstrong' as a pop artist. As much as Armstrong is the Fountainhead of jazz, he is also one of the most important figures in American popular song.
Of course in the jazz world today there sits the controversy of its claimed lack of accessibility. Well, you have to ask accessible to whom. It is certainly accessible to many. Why are the huddle masses of top 40 radio more important than the cultivated jazz listener? I've spoke of this before but you have to admit the irony. In my book, that is really where the snobbery lies.