For example, in today's WSJ there is this article: "Electronic Music Meets Post-Bop Jazz." If you are blocked by the paywall, try googling the title. Here is how they portray the credentials of the artists:
Messrs. Wendel and Darlington have long experimented in myriad genres. Kneebody’s members play funk, hip-hop and rock, and its recordings include a collection of Charles Ives compositions. Mr. Wendel has played saxophone with Prince and Snoop Dogg and released “The Seasons” (2015), a Tchaikovsky-inspired series of duets featuring contemporary jazz artists. Mr. Darlington plays both major festivals and avant-garde underground events, reworking compositions on the fly. His mastery of technology goes beyond the glitchy and hectic: Among his 30 or so albums and EPs is “The Light Brigade” (2014), in which synthetic sounds, acoustic guitars and layered voices form a moving soundscape to memorialize the Crimean War.Ok, sounds really interesting with name-dropping of classical composers and popular genres. What could go wrong? Let's have a listen. This is the cut "Loops":
It seems that just as contemporary classical composers seem to have rediscovered the "groove" or pulse, that folks like these are determined to uglify it as much as possible. Honestly, I haven't heard anything this unpleasant and unlistenable since the last time I listened to Captain Beefheart. "Thoroughly satisfying"? Not in any aesthetic universe I can imagine. Well, I find Thai music pretty unlistenable too.
But why is it that every single time I see one of these pieces touting some new group that is supposed to be so great, the actual experience itself is so definitively disappointing?
What do my readers think?