Paul Desmond/Wynton Marsalis

New Chronology for JazzTimes: Paul Desmond, Ed Bickert, and Pure Desmond.

I’ve also re-edited “The J-word,” my take on Wynton Marsalis and attendant controversies. Mostly I tuned up the prose and cut a few digressions; there are one or two new sparkly bits; the basic message is the same.

About two dozen people have told me they have changed their mind about Wynton after reading this piece and the associated interviews. In the end I firmly believe we need to build bridges, not bombs.