Interlude: Wham BAM

“I prefer to call it jazz, because to me it’s not a dirty word. It’s a beautiful word—I love it. To call it black music  would be untrue, because many of the harmonic structures of bebop come from European music—from Stravinsky, from Handel, from Bartók. So to say ‘black music’? I don’t know what that is, unless it would be some African drums or something.” -Dexter Gordon

I don’t want to get involved in the fray, but this is the first statement by a legend that I’ve found which advocates for Jazz as a term.  Interesting stuff.  Brought to us by the masterful Ted Panken, of course.  Hidden in liner notes from way back, interestingly enough.

-Martin

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~ by Martin Porter on March 3, 2012.

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