Monday, October 01, 2007

Punk jazz 2

I forgot to mention that I have actually got involved with proper punk and jazz! Penny Rimbaud from Crass, has recorded his version of Howl for Babel, How?. I know from talking to Penny, Bron (Eve Libertine) and Gee Vaucher (who has designed a lot of Babel sleeves by now), that they feel that jazz musicians are those who indeed continue the spirit of punk. They are avid attenders of the likes of Partisans and Christine Tobin. So, while it may not be necessarily right to think that "punk jazz" per se is actually new, to highlight the approach is spot on. And certainly with venues like Ronnie Scotts and major labels such as Universal (in the UK) making "jazz" into something quite historic and retro, to have to pick a name to remind people of the music's freshness is absolutely right.

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