- Clarifying about my comments about Schuller. I didn't say he was a
racist or antisemic! I just showed how easy it is to create speculation
about things, be it about Panassie "racism", or 'the poor Panassie who
was biased by Mezzrow theory', whenever someone is accused as such,
there is a need to show facts. And there is no such fact. In no place
Panassie is doing anything that Schuller didn't. I brought Schuller
because I think it is a way to compare. Sculler had his own ideas, just
like Panassie. Personally, I think that between the 1934 and the 1943
Panassie got better understanding of Jazz.
Panassie praised Mezzrow. Schuller praised Bix. Both explain their
thoughts. So, what makes Panassie's opinion racism and Schuller's
opinion strict literature? I think it is a matter of those who like Bix
and anything that doesn't praise him for them it is racism or bias. If
it is not PAnassie, than they think it must be Mezzrow who puts the
words in poor Panassie mouth!
To read the explanation of Schuller about Bix greatness just makes me
wonder. He is just saying that he is going to get beyond the legend,
before he start praising Bix genetics! It is much more suspicious, I
must say, than anything ever was written by Panassie!!!
So, I challenge anyone to show anything that Panassie was doing that is
racism. I will do my best to find relative stuff in Schuller.
One thing to clarify, I don;t hate Schuller, and I don't have problems
with what he wrote, I donlt say he is racist or anything like that, he
is legitimate, I even see him as a great writer, even if I have a
totally different taste in music than his, I still appreciate his
works, and learn from it while I can, just that I had enough with the
blames I read against Panassie , Mezzrow, Blesh and others, so
unjustified, you get the idea, and if Schuller is the one to use as a
counter example, let it be it.