Darcy James Argue
:'Dispatches From the End of the Jazz Wars'
«(...) Maybe it doesn't matter. Maybe jazz really is dead. Or perhaps Frank Zappa's diagnosis was correct, and it merely smells funny. Call me a cock-eyed optimist, but I happen to think the outlook is good. Jazz musicians of all stripes have spent the post-Jazz Wars era forging ahead with smart, visceral music that is reaching a new audience—our grounding in jazz fundamentals actually makes it easier for us to reach across genre barriers and engage with the wider musical culture, as jazz musicians have been doing throughout the music's history. The wounds inflicted during the Jazz Wars are already healing, and I suspect we will survive the current economic crunch as well. But even if the doomsayers are right, and jazz has, at long last, shuffled off this mortal coil, then let's at least have the decency to give her an honest autopsy».