Come on, I can't be the only one. Anyway, here's my dilemma: I like all kinds of music, but I'm always looking for stuff that is new, challenging, and really original. I'm pretty satisfied with new rock music I'm finding, primarily progressive rock bands, but have hit a wall with jazz. What I like: Be-bop (Parker, Dizzy, Monk) "Hard" or post-bop (Coltrane, Miles, Mingus, Silver, Blakey, Mobley) some "avant-garde": Coleman What I don't like: smooth jazz. it is evil "east coast": (Getz, Evans, etc) Basically, I want deep, brash, complex music. The problem is, I don't know of any newer jazz artists that do that. Everyone I see either tempers their music with "world," new-age, smooth, or pop, rendering the music souless and musically unadventurous, or plays to nostalgia: tributes, re-makes, etc. Is jazz dead? Is it becoming the thing that only Berkley students, NPR listeners, and old people listen to? What happened to the ballsy experimentation and soul of the 50s and 60s? Are there musicians out there trying to save this most precious American art form?