Pol, I'm all for questioning conventional wisdom and tossing holy cows out the window.Abe, re: disrespect to Max. Thing is, if a young drummer knows nothing of his rep or place in jazz's evolution, and then sees this old time guy in a suit playing single kick drum with no pyrotechnics, isn't there are good chance that he'll be disrespectful without having any idea how that may tread on people's toes? And young guys in general are not famed for their diplomacy ...
I also understand that no matter what, kids will always rattle cages, but a quick check on the man you claim to have checked out will tell you that he was a foundation for an entire era of jazz with a discography that reads like a phone directory.
If I was a serious music lover of any genre, I would give that some weight. At worst, my attitude would be," I don't get it' or 'I dont want it', or ' I hate it' and thats cool. I'm not big on Shakespeare, haven't read much of him either, but I'm not going to go around saying JK Rowling could smoke him, and he writes in this funny English which nobody reads thesedays anyway.
If I go, ' whats the big deal about Max Roach, any metal drummer can show him up', then its more than treading toes, its thumbing your nose, and I for one will not thumb my nose at any musician... including Kenny G ; )
.....( ..hmmmmm, on second thoughts, can i take that last bit back? )