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Jazz Now
An Introduction by Paul DeBarros,
Collection Development Specialist

Jazz today is in what might best be described as a stylistically plural, or
post-modern phase that is, musicians work in myriad traditions
developed over the last 100 years, but no one style has come to
dominate. Neotraditionalists, avant-gardists, beboppers, post-boppers,
and musicians who defy genre entirely, blending classical, world music,
rock and jazz, all share today's jazz stage, as a new, dominant style
struggles to be born. Here are some CDs that reflect the rich jazz
period we live in today:
Bill Frisell,
Where in the World?
Joe Lovano,
Quartets Live at the Village Vanguard
Diana Krall,
Live in Paris
Cassandra Wilson,
New Moon Daughter
Tom Harrell,
Medeski, Martin and Wood,
The Dropper
Wynton Marsalis,
Marciac Suite
Dave Douglas,
Live at the Jazz Standard
Don Byron,
Bug Music
Brad Mehldau,
The Art of the Trio Volume One
About Paul de Barros
About Paul de Barros
About Paul de Barros
About Paul de Barros
Paul de Barros, longtime jazz columnist for the Seattle Times, is
adjunct music professor at Seattle University, a regular contributor to
Down Beat magazine and founder of the Seattle jazz support
organization, Earshot Jazz. In 1993, his comprehensive history of the
early Seattle jazz scene, Jackson Street After Hours (Sasquatch,
Seattle) won the Governor's Writer's Award. A 2003-04 fellow in the
National Arts Journalism Program, speaker for the Washington
Commission for the Humanities' "Inquiring Mind" program, and
curator of the Experience Music Project's jazz showcase, de Barros
has written for many publications and has done liner notes for
Columbia, Fantasy and Verve Records.
How did jazz develop over time to bring us to such a myriad of
options? What follows is a brief summary of jazz styles and how
they evolved over time written by Mark Allred.