In Japan we used to have a popular jazz magazine called Swing Journal.
At the beginning of the jazz era, it was very great in telling the good jazz movement to Japanese fans. Naturally Swing Journal became the top quality magazine of jazz in Japan.
Swing Journal closed its history in 2010 with less readers and advertising clients. It means jazz lost power in Japan. At the same time, I want to complain of Swing Journal and Jazz music talents too.
Firstly, Swing Journal didin't write new artists at all even in the year 2000. They still kept writing about Miles, Coltrane, Monk, Evenas, Powell, Elington....all the familier names were always found in the pages of SwingJournal. How many times do I have to read same kind of articles ?? I often wondered in my mind, and at the end I stopped reading. The final reason for it was that I lost interests in reading same things again ana again. Editors of the magazine were apparently too old and they didn't match new generations.
Second, it's also true that no good musicians came up after modern jazz giants died. Fusion movement created new fans but as a jazz fan, certainly old musicians were much better than new musicians. Maybe old editors of Swing Journal had the same feeling with me then. So musicians also should be blamed.
In a word, Jazz lived good times when jazz giants were alive. So it means Jazz died together with the death of such giants.
Some days ago, I saw rock magazine called rockin on and some other rock magazines too at a book store. I saw the same phenomena as I experienced with Swing Journal. They, rock magazines, are still writing Beatles, Zeppelin, Cream, Yes, Stones, Jeff Beck.....with so big photos. Of course the articles are so similar to what we've read many many times about them. They will soon lose power like Swing Journal did.
I don't like to follow the ghosts of past times.