Bad Writing – Not Racism – Is The Real Jazz Scandal

Is jazz critic Stanley Crouch right about racism and jazz critics? The issure recently got him fired from JazzTimes. “The real scandal in jazz criticism isn’t race – it’s bad writing. Jazz, which arose at the same time as that other revolutionary twentieth-century art, film, has failed to generate a comparable body of criticism. Most jazz magazines are only slightly more readable than airline glossies, and serve roughly the same purpose. Whatever one thinks of Crouch’s views, he is one of the few jazz critics worthy of the name. And this, sadly, is another reason why he no longer belongs in the pages of JazzTimes.”