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Re: “Downbeat magazine discovers Colin Trusedell's jazz talent

I don't have a band (shitty or otherwise), Nathan, but I do have good ears, and I expect people who cover jazz to have decent ears, too. Truesdell has a bad sense of time, and his solos are studies in mediocrity, never journeying anywhere other than well-trodden melodic and harmonic paths. I'd love to see the four critics of Downbeat's Hot Box feature share their thoughts on Truesdell's CD--but it's not so easy to buy your way into an authentic Downbeat review. If the Springs wants to improve its arts and culture scene, it needs to move beyond rewarding the artist who brags the loudest and develop some critical taste. Criticism is healthy for art; boosterism is not.

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Posted by EllenThomas on 02/12/2016 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Downbeat magazine discovers Colin Trusedell's jazz talent

As most people in the music business know, anyone who buys enough advertising in Downbeat can get coverage in the magazine. This impressionable article proves that in Colorado Springs, it is indeed "All About The Hustle." With truly talented and accomplished local artists going ignored, the celebration of the self-promoting Truesdell will unfortunately confirm outsiders' darkest beliefs: "Well," they'll say, "He's not exactly an outstanding player, but I guess he's the best Colorado Springs has to offer!"

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Posted by EllenThomas on 02/12/2016 at 11:08 AM

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