Creativity in old age?

As I read Ted Gioia’s book The History of Jazz, it’s striking how all of the artists he mentions throughout his account of the early decades of jazz began their careers at extremely young ages. I recall a post in either or a while back in which the writer said something to the effect of “young music listeners tend to have a much higher tolerance for innovation”. It seems like a truism that this carries over to “young music creators tend to innovate much more”. I’m trying to think of musicians that did more innovative or more experimental work later in their careers, but it’s a difficult thought experiment. I’ll let it stew for a bit and see what I come up with…

Stopped by the local CD store in New Haven, Cutler’s, and came out with some great new stuff:

  • John Coltrane - My Favorite Things - I’m supposed to review this for a class
  • Miles Davis - Kind of Blue - I’m very surprised that I haven’t gotten this until now, actually :)
  • Satoko Fujii - Kitsune-bi - I’ve heard that it’s one of the better recordings in Tzadik’s “New Japan” series
  • Kronos Quartet - Early Music - I’ve liked pretty much everything I’ve heard by these guys
  • Labradford - A Stable Reference - nice and cheap in the used bin
  • Schoenberg (Schafer/Boulez) - Pierrot Lunaire - the ultimate in weird music, perhaps?

Josh Kortbein, from whose blog the idea for mine came, recently let me know that the acoustic bass does have a place in rap, mostly in jazz-influenced groups such as A Tribe Called Quest. Goes to show how ignorant I am of the genre - but that may change soon enough.

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