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The 27th Annual Festival International de Jazz de Montreal's roster has left me
with mixed feelings. While there are some performances definitely worth
attending, the sum of all in-door concerts at this year's festival does not add
up to enough jazz---particularly instrumental jazz. While K-Os, Feist, Daniel
Lanois, and Ron Sexsmith are undoubtedly incredible performers in their own
unique genres, their music doesn't belong in this particular festival.
Furthermore, the jazz content of this year's festival seems to be loaded with
older musicians. Although Pat Metheny, Dave Holland, Sonny Rollins, Charlie
Hayden, Geri Allen, Toots Thielmans, and Dewey Redman are all jazz masters who
produce beautiful music, the over-presence of older musicians at this year's
jazz festival has left almost no space for new, up-and-coming performers to feed
the public with the fresh sounds of tomorrow's jazz (sorry, but Erik Truffaz's "Saloua"
project and Roy Hargrove's RH Factor don't even begin to properly represent the
full scope of new jazz). This year's in-door performances will definitely be
successful at alienating any festival-goer who is seeking to hear contemporary
international musicians playing new jazz, while providing many opportunities for
other festival fans to blow their summer's money on vocal fluff like Paul Anka,
Michael Buble, and Al Jarreau.
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