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If you remember 70s and 80s jazz, you just weren't there . . .

Ran across a wiki called Ear of the Behearer (get it?) recently that focuses on the jazz recorded in the 70s and 80s, which has been poo-poohed for years by jazz snobs due to the fact some of it resembled the other music pablum (remember Afternoon Delight?) that was foisted on us in that era. As set out on the front page of the site:

A few months ago, a frantic series of postings in the jazz blog world ricocheted around, triggered by the realization that enough time has passed since the 70s and 80s that it's now possible to reappraise the music made in that era. Rather than wait for some yet-to-be-born musicologist to do the job, the suggestion was made that a resource be created so that the musicians and listeners most affected and influenced by this post-Vietnam music will be able to have a common place to catalog, discuss, and debate.

The creators of Behearer are trying to create a database "documenting and discussing one of the richest—most overlooked and underrated—eras." Visitors to the site are asked to check it out, fix the errors (like Wikipedia you can edit it) and fill in gaps in the information on the sites. I am always in favor of expanding the horizons of listening and using the new social media tools like wikis in a new way to do so is pretty cool. Check it out and let me know what you think.

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