Re: Pat Metheny on Kenny G and other Jazz greats
What about when that rapper did his thing over Herbie Hancock's Cantaloupe Island?
Sure HH is a latter day icon, not an original trailblazer, but Cantaloupe Island is at least an actual jazz song. Wonderful World is basically a pop song that barely squeezes into jazz ballad territory. GD's quotes about KG's talks with the producer make it clear that KG wasn't approaching it as cynically as people make out.
Strangelove, no, as I said before it is NOT akin to descendants allowing an pop artist to paint over classic artworks. It's more akin to painting over a print. Louie's original remains intact - to be used liberally in schmaltz movies and advertisements. No outcry over that? Of course not - because it's not the evil Kenny G.
I just think there's a massive hate thing about Kenny G and a bunch of people fall in line for the feeding frenzy as a "common enemy" bonding session. It wouldn't matter if he called himself jazz or not - his CDs are still going into the jazz section.
Ok, Kenny's lowered the jazz bar. Big deal. The bar is being lowered in almost every area of life. It's the joy of living in an increasingly overpopulated world with a media that finds the best way to compete is to appeal to the LCD. The standard of public discourse today is pathetic, with very few commentators interested in objective analysis. Instead you get polarised groups pushing their own barrow. Same with this debate.
Objectivity is not dead, it just smells funny.