Listening is an Act of Love
Posts tagged Jazz
- Vijay Iyer: There’s a real conformity going on and it’s not just in New York either, based on listening to musicians from other places through MySpace and other means. From what I hear, people aren’t challenging themselves that much. They’re largely playing it safe instead of pushing themselves. I felt like I particularly needed to respond to the student culture, because probably the biggest source of jazz musicians now is the music schools. Many who come out of them feel driven to conform. Of course, there are economic pressures for making the choices they do as well. However, the main thing is that their choices don’t seem to be informed by the history of the music. And by “history of the music,” I mean the history of empowered risk taking which is what defines jazz history. It’s one of the main driving forces behind the evolution of the genre. So, I’m not advocating experimentation for its own sake, but advancements that are grounded in the perspective that jazz is inherently oppositional and represents a search for transformation and newness.
Reading Dave King’s blog is always amusing:
- My dad came up to the gig from minneapolis and he said “good job son……….clean your room”. then he said “you sound like you have been listening to alot of ronald shannon jackson’s decoding society on vinyl lately” to which i replied “fuck vinyl…… try cassette from vinyl transfer dad………you never understood me”
- I WENT TO THE CY TWOMBLY MUSEUM AGAIN. impossibly good. also the rothko chapel. unreal. people meditating in pure quiet in front of purple black monoliths of pained paint. sounds like a saturday night at dali lamas miami crash pad.
- We finished the euro portion of the tour at the marciac festival in france and by the way…..THE FUCKING PRESIDENT OF FRANCE CAME!!! HES A SOCIALIST LIKE ME!! HES NICE!! WE TALKED ABOUT SOCIALISM AND HOW FREE JAZZ WILL CHANGE THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER!!
- ask anyone in my house over here in golden valley mn. right by the arts high school where as we speak young assholes are walking by my house with their cigarettes burning holes in their frail cool hearts! AMERICAN APPAREL!! YOU HAVE MUCH TO ANSWER FOR! most of this shit looked bad the first time around.
- We recorded in 5 hours and carrothers wore mirrored sunglasses the whole time. i said “bill…….this isn’t a poker tournament it’s a jazz record” and he said “same thing”. i’m still thinking about that one.