Introspection: Neglected Jazz Figures of the 1950s and Early 1960s
Liner Notes   Cat. No. 80275     Release Date: 1977-01-01
In the contemporary world of platinum albums and music stations that have adopted limited programming (such as choosing from the Top Forty), even the most acclaimed jazz geniuses — the Armstrongs, Ellingtons, and Parkers— are neglected in terms of the amount of their music that gets heard. Acknowledgment by critics and historians works against neglect, of course, but is no guarantee that a musician will be heard either, just as a few records issued under someone’s name are not truly synonymous with attention.

In this album we are concerned with musicians who have found it difficult—occasionally impossible—to record and publicly perform their own music. These six men, who by no means exhaust the legion of the neglected, are linked by the individuality and high quality of their conceptions, as well as by the tenaciousness of their struggle to maintain those conceptions in a world that at best has remained indifferent. Such perseverance in a hostile environment suggests the familiar melodramatic narrative of the suffering artist, and indeed these men have endured a disproportionate share of misfortunes and horrors. That four of the six are now dead indicates the severity of the struggle; the enduring strength of their music, however, is proof that none of these artists was ultimately defeated.

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Introspection: Neglected Jazz Figures of the 1950s and Early 1960s

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'S Wonderful
Into the Orbit
Race for Space
II, V, I
Diane's Melody
Body and Soul
We Speak
Strength and Sanity

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