Ben Ratliff, the jazz and pop critic for the NY Times, gives a lot of thoughtful answers to some of the most difficult questions facing jazz here.
Also, kudos to Darcy James Argue, who gets a mention by Ratliff as one of the prominent young musicians to watch. Darcy's group, Secret Society, which I am a member of, just finished recording his debut record for New Amsterdam Records, which will come out in May. For those of you who don't know him, Darcy is one of the bravest and most dedicated people on the scene, not only as a composer and arranger, but also as a blogger. Catch Secret Society at the Jazz Gallery in February.