it is a pretty useless jazz instrument. Very straight-laced sound, amazing in Mahler symphonies, clunky and out-of-place in "vernacular" music.
Or some folks have very fixed ideas about how an instrument should sound.
Haha. Well said. I'm no purist about anything - but some instruments have more of an uphill struggle crossing out of their "home" genres. That doesn't mean that they couldn't sound good. Paul McCandless' jazz oboe works great in the contexts that he plays it, but if he showed up to a jam and somebody counted off Koko it wouldn't work so well for him. Which is probably why he's also a nifty soprano sax player.