Jazz: A Way Out of the Muddle

Jazz, which every few years is pronounced dead and then somehow revives, has really begun to develop fatal symptoms lately. Its traditional styles are suffering from hardening of the arteries, its avant-garde is in the grip of a frenzied obscurity, and its fever chart at the box office is down, down, down. But now, just as the mourning is starting in earnest, jazz is getting a vital transfusion from the people who seemed to be helping to dig its grave—the rock 'n' rollers.

Rock music, like jazz, derives in part from the blues,...

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