Originally Posted by aydee
I wonder if this pot boiled over because KG 'masqueraded' as a jazz player
Hey, I'm no Kenny G fan, but you can't really think he hijacked your genre, can you? Not a very resilient form if a totally vanilla guy like that can just walk in and take it over.
Anyway, he didn't hijack the genre. For better or worse, he just broadened it to a wider audience.
It happens in rock every couple weeks. Broadly speaking, rock is a genre that never rests. Somebody's always trying to take it over and be the new cool thing. Shallow as that might sound (and as much "crap" as it generates) it actually propels the form forward with new innovative ideas.
I'm not trying to say rock is "better" than jazz, but it does employ a model that is more successful to its long-term survival than the tradition-based model used in jazz.