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A Note of Appreciation

September 03, 2000

It would be unrealistically generous and unthinking of old swing and jazz fans like me to accept music critic Terry Teachout's pronouncement about Artie Shaw: that it's true he is the finest and most innovative of all jazz clarinetists ("Artie Shaw Talking," by Aram Saroyan, Aug. 6). I believe that a greater number reserve that niche for Benny Goodman. Goodman's musicality is much more memorable and swinging. Mere longevity over a deceased colleague should not rearrange the musical hierarchy in favor of the survivor. Lest there be a misunderstanding: Artie, I love you madly!

Eduardo Morga

Huntington Beach

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