I just got done watching the Ken Burns' Jazz series on PBS. And I released something very quickly: The entire thing played out like a manifesto for a certain kind of jazz and certain kinds of players. While the skipped over most of the jazz going on in the late 60's, 70's, and early 80's you were treated to more Louis, more Duke, more Wynton. While the whole concept of jazz and playing improvisational music in a small group setting was being redefined for an entire generation, you got to hear about how much Wynton loved My Favorite Things. While I certainly didn't expect them to delve to deep into people like Joe Zawinul and Jaco, they did the entire fusion movement a disservice by not even acknowledge them. Any mention of fusion or anything progressive was mentioned nastily and in passing. It was coming, though. People don't like change, and especially not jazz fans. They want to feel like everything is as it was, with Diz and Bird still blowin' together and Miles with his first quintet. So, I came to something that I found very disheartening as a classically and jazz trained musician. Jazz is dead. And it ain't coming back. The scene is either dominated by the Young Lyin's, who do there damnedest to play EXACTLY like their heroes and have nothing in the form of innovation and exploration, or the Smooth Jazz Nazis who believe that jazz should both be easy to listen to and nice conversation background music. Jazz is, as Miles put, "museum music." I hate admitting it myself, but unfortunately it's true. Of course, it could be argued that fusion and progressive music is now the Jazz of our time, but I really don't feel like getting flamed. My two cents.