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Posted by paige ( on October 07, 2003 at 08:46:45:

In Reply to: jazz snobs posted by humphrey murphy on October 06, 2003 at 13:46:31:

: hi there,
: My name is Humphrey Murphy and I am a 2nd Year post graduate student at University College Cork,Ireland. I am doing a research paper on the development of the electric bass in jazz and in particular its role in the music of miles davis electric groups. given the controversy surrounding this music and in particular the hostility toward the electric bass from the jazz community at the time i was wondering if anyone else has experienced any hostility from jazz musicians or journos because of the instrument we play? I would be very grateful for any replies as it would be a big help in my research. cheers

Go to and enter her forum and ask her these questions. She was at the forefront of the evolution of the electric bass in jazz and rock, and I can tell yuou that she has great information on this topic, as this is one topic that regularly comes up on her site.
IMO, Jaco Pastorius and his very midrangey sound and his incredible (wonderful to me) overplaying put a bad taste in alot of traditional jazzers' mouth. He ws an incredible player (duh!)and could play all of the standards, but rather than sit back on the groove and play traditional lines, he was continuously pushing the envelope of the electric bass, bringing it to the front as a bonafide solo instrument. MAybe that's what they didn't like so much in the old school jazz world. Dunno - interesting topic, tho.

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