Much of this music is well crafted and enjoyable but it is not the exploratory

Much of this music is well crafted and enjoyable but

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style that operates under radio-format restrictions on musical content. Much of this music is well crafted and enjoyable, but it is not the exploratory, artistically creative version of jazz that we have been studying in this course. There are many musicians (some of whom also make a living as Smooth Jazz artists), that are still performing and recording very exploratory jazz music, following in the traditions of the great jazz artists before them, taking risks and creating new music on a high artistic level. Some of the many interesting jazz artists performing today have apprenticed with the jazz greats of previous generations, and almost all have studied jazz music in a university or music school setting. All modern jazz artists follow the established jazz tradition of exploring and combining elements of different musical influences together in a jazz context, trying to find a "new voice" and creating unique musical situations for improvisation to take place. Some very interesting modern jazz music of today is being created by: Guitarists: John Abercrombie John Scofield Kurt Rosenwinkle Dave Stryker Russell Malone Bill Frisell Bassists: Dave Holland John Pattitucci Christian McBride Robert Hurst Pianists: Chick Corea Herbie Hancock Keith Jarrett Joe Zawinul
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Eliane Elias Rene Rosnes Danilo Perez Geri Allen Kenny Werner Brad Meldau Saxophonists: Sonny Rollins Wayne Shorter David Liebman Joe Lovano Michael Brecker Kenny Garrett Greg Osby Branford Marsalis Joshua Redman David Sanchez Walt Weiskopf Eric Alexander Steve Coleman Chris Potter Ravi Coltrane Trumpeters: Kenny Wheeler Tom Harrell Roy Hargrove Dave Douglas Wynton Marsalis Terrell Stafford Tim Hagans Jim Rotundi Trombonists: Wycliffe Gordon Conrad Herwig Ray Anderson Robin Eubanks Drummers: Peter Erskine
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Bill Stewart Jack DeJohnnette Brian Blade Jeff "Tain" Watts Vocalists: Cassandra Wilson Kurt Elling Big Bands (playing modern, newly composed jazz music and "repertory" music - historical reproductions of well-known big band music) Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Maria Schneider Orchestra Chicago Jazz Orchestra Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge Fusion Groups: The Yellowjackets Pat Metheny Group Steps Ahead Chick Corea Elektrik Band Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
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