Playing for contradances and listening to Quebec dance music and Balkan
dance music really opened my ears up to what an accordion can do, but if
my exposure had been to SCD accordion only, my ears would still be
closed. To that poster a while back who asked if we could imagine an
accordion or pipes playing dixieland, I will say, not dixieland, but
other forms of jazz, yes, I can imagine (and have heard) an accordion.
Despite what some jazz purists think about accordion, an instrument
capable of accompanying itself with diminished, augmented, and otherwise
altered chords can play jazz (if its player can). As far as pipes, I
haven't yet heard jazz pipes but so many times other instruments play a
drone back-up, which is in imitation of pipes or bombarde.
Personally, I'm not for categorizing music, but for adding the the
sounds of other genres. I believe it was Fritz Frehling (sp?) who
composed scores for the Warner Bros cartoons, who when accused of
plagiarizing from Gershwin, Brahms, Beethoven, etc, said: "Steal only
from the best".
Regarding Richard Goss' post a while back about jazz being the enemy, I
always suspected this. In both the music and the dance style. Minimal
physical contact with partner. No ballroom (e.g., waltz) holds. No hip
motion. Every movement and moment of dance explicitly choreographed, so
you don't have time to mess around. Were Miss Milligan's and Dr
Stewart's motives the same as Henry Ford's, when he promoted square
dancing to counter the effects of jazz and swing here in the US?