I had a discussion once with a good friend about jazz and how to listen to it. This friend of mind is a pianist, and a damn good one at that, classically trained, jazz trained, excellent theory knowledge, etc. Myself, on the other hand, Im an average bass player and my knowledge of theory is relatively basic, though recently i have been studying it much more in depth. Anyway, the discussion was about me listening to the album "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis and went something like this. Me: I love the album Kind of Blue, i think its really a great jazz album. My Friend: You cant really appreciate that album the way you should. Me: What is that supposed to mean? My Friend: Since you dont really understand Jazz Theory, you cant appreciate that album, or Jazz in general. Youre just hearing the music and you dont really understand what is going on and why its good. Me: !!! And so on and so forth, the conversation went on for quite a while and i wont bore you with the rest of it. This conversation upset me so much that im hardpressed to find the words to describe how angry it made me. I want to know, when did Jazz become music only to be enjoyed by intellectual elitists? Did i miss something? Are laymen not able to appreciate Jazz just because they arent schooled in Jazz theory? Is it not enough to just like the way Jazz music sounds and the feelings the music evokes?