Terry Teachout's latest book is Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington. He's making the book talk rounds for this. Teachout is criticized by some for his neo-con politics (I recall Christgau mixing praise and criticism in his take on Teachout's Louis Armstrong book)
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, November 5, 2013 2:56 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
National Review interview!
LOPEZ: How could music be Ellington’s mistress, as the saying goes, when the man appears to have had so many mistresses? Did a lack of discipline hurt both his personal and professional life?
TEACHOUT: I don’t know whether that question is answerable. He was, after all, a hugely prolific composer who left behind a considerable number of masterpieces, so he must have been doing something right. But we can’t know how many more he might have written had he not diverted so much of his time and energy into the pursuit of women — though it’s also important to remember that he believed this pursuit to be musically inspirational.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, November 5, 2013 3:26 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
I'll be skipping this one. Teachout wrote an awful essay that largely dismissed Ellington's longer works, and Ellington as a composer, as inadequate for not utilizing the formalized tools of "classical music" that his music shouldn't have aspired to anyway.
Also, Christgau otm re: Teachout's politics.http://bnreview.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Rock-Roll/Pops-as-Pop/ba-p/2578
― Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, November 5, 2013 3:46 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
LOPEZ: One of the “peculiarities” of Duke Ellington’s career, you write, is that “he was a major composer but not an influential one.” Why is that? How does that happen?TEACHOUT: He wrote great music, but his techniques were so intensely personal and unique unto himself that they were for all intents and purposes inimitable. Hence he didn’t influence anybody — all that other artists could do was play his songs in their own ways.
Does Teachout even know what the word "influential" means?
― Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, November 5, 2013 3:50 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
The idea that Ellington wasn't (and isn't) widely imitated is just .... strange
― Brad C., Tuesday, November 5, 2013 3:56 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
um hello mingus?
― #fomo that's the motto (Hurting 2), Tuesday, November 5, 2013 4:01 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
just think what Ellington could have accomplished if he had had as little sex as Teachout
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