John Kelman 
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Re: “JAZZ FEST 2013, DAY 9: Frank reviews Tim Berne SnakeOil, Amy Lynn and the Gunshow

Frank, with all due respect, clearly what Berne does has no appeal to you, but your lack of understanding of what his group does translating into your rather insulting description only reflects on your lack of knowledge of what Berne's music is about. Personally I hear plenty of structure and melody in this music, and plenty of sharp angles and free play as well, to be sure. But If you are going to review music, you need to understand that you are not the arbiter of what is good or bad, only the arbiter of what you like (or don't). Your not liking Berne's show does not make the music bad or good, it only means you don't like it. A tremendous pitfall for a music reviewer is to make assumptions about the musicians and what is going on in their head, so suggesting :"no way anyone wrote that down" suggests knowledge you clearly do not have, unless you spoke to Berne and had that fact confirmed.

You don't have to like the music, but to describe it as you have is disrespectful to artists who are renowned worldwide. Surely there must be some reason for that, and surely just because something doesn't float your boat is no reason to completely trash these muscians, as you have.

That's not journalism; that's just attitude, disrespect and getting some pleasure in seeing just how many points you can score off the artists. Not that they care, I suspect, since their music is well-regarded and was on many best-of lists when their record was released last year. There's a follow-up in the works, and I, for one, can't wait to hear these guys do what they do, and do so extraordinarily well.

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Posted by John Kelman on 07/26/2013 at 10:48 AM

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