DISCUSSION: To pick an answer here, you have to literally be able to answer the question posed in the answer choice. With “bet your life on it certainty”, because the answer really is in the passage.
- We don’t know. We only know that Marsalis didn’t release any albums after 1999 (see lines 12-14). But Marsalis may have privately composed music that he never released.
- We’re never told anything about the demographics of jazz fans.
- Only lines 11-12 mention Marsalis’ CD releases: we know he released 15 at once in 1999. Other than that, we know nothing.
- We can guess at this answer, but we can’t know it. Paragraph 2 seems to imply that Marsalis has no contract because record labels have pulled away from new jazz. But we can’t say that with certainty. Frankly, the section about Marsalis’ own music production is a bit muddled: it’s hard to see the point of it. One suspects it may only have been inserted to confuse the reader (i.e. you) and lead them away from the main point of the passage.
- CORRECT. Lines 45-58 answer this. Record labels realized it would be more profitable to simply re-release classic jazz.
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