Stephen Holden gets cranky at Lincoln Center

The NYTimes does not seem to have enjoyed the recent program “Sweet & Low Down: How Popular Standards Became Jazz Classics,” the Jazz at Lincoln Center concert at the Allen Room:

“A fundamental problem was the concert’s basic quartet. The players (the musical director Tedd Firth on piano, Andy Farber on saxophones, Tom Kennedy on bass and Mark McLean on drums) are all first-rate. But Mr. Firth’s notion of pop versus jazz was simply a matter of picking up the tempo for jazz.

“There was no serious attempt to reharmonize a song or to experiment with time signatures. Nor did Mr. Feinstein’s remarks address such matters. Instead, he larded the show with interstitial shtick.

“The result was a concert that was unenlightening, middling entertainment: nonjazz for dummies.”

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