PBS’s revival of Ken Burns’s Jazz made me recall this quip attributed to the trumpeter Lester Bowie:
“If Clifford Brown were alive today, I’d be working in the post office . . . and Miles would be my supervisor.”My question now: where might Wynton Marsalis fit in this picture? Would he be the president of the post office? Or would he be working alongside Bowie (and filing grievances against him and their supervisor)? I’m not sure what fits.
If you’ve never heard Clifford Brown, try “Daahoud,” or “I Get a Kick Out of You.”
[I can find no authoritative source for the quip. A 1983 interview with the magazine Musician may be the source. As you can guess, I’m not a fan of Ken Burns’s Jazz or the Stanley Crouch-Wynton Marsalis idea of jazz.]