I bring it up here because of a review on the series 4th episode from NPR's music site. It's a good lengthy review, which brings up many of the issues about and in the show. Most of the piece is an interview with a DJ about the lengthy music playlist from the episode. I quote here (my italics):
PJ: ..." And this: "Jazz hasn't run hot or cold since bebop. It just is, man." You want a piece of any of that?
JJ: I'm comfortable saying that jazz simply IS, without the "just" qualifier. There's no red-hot intensity of an actual movement anymore. The music is now a loose confederation of individual heroic quests, and heroes are the figures of antiquity. Jazz, however, is still current, but that's a different measurement value than it was during the heyday of bebop. As long as there's a need for freedom of expression, jazz has a base of operation.
Interesting use of words, I thought. Seeing the musician as the hero, on the mythical hero quest, into the unconscious, to deliver saving knowledge that transforms humanity, and then each subsequent musician as the continuing hero who has to perform that quest for themselves (and for humanity again) kind of blows my mind. This makes every solo, every song mythical regeneration. What a nice thought.