I'm not comfortable with the reverse implication: that jazz you can dance to (say swing) is dumb crap compared to jazz you can't.Personaly, I love the argument that classical music is special, because you can not dance on it. It's a brilliant remark, in an era where everybody calls for 'dancable' music. It is something to remember in respect to jazz as well. Undancable music can be complex and doesn't suffer from the compulsive need of an audible 'beat'.
Honestly; did I make any remark whatsoever in this respect? Watch the speech of Stephen Fry. First of all he states that he doesn't mean to denounce dancable music or pop music in any way. But it is not the only music that matters.I'm not comfortable with the reverse implication: that jazz you can dance to (say swing) is dumb crap compared to jazz you can't.