Known for his work as a jazz critic as well as his political commentaries, Stanley Crouch was a consistently controversial figure in the journalism field. Crouch, a former jazz drummer-turned-full-time writer, had his admirers -- most notably, his protégé, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis -- and more than his share of detractors, who attacked his opinions on music as well as his political views. When it came to music, Crouch had a reputation for being a rigid jazz purist; he preferred very straight-ahead jazz and was a blistering critic of avant-garde jazz and fusion as well as rock, funk, and hip-hop. Politically, Crouch was perhaps best described as a centrist/moderate; he could be critical of conservative Republicans but had little use for black nationalists or black separatists and often described Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as ...
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