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quote request: 'modern jazz' definition

MGM·Lion 08 Oct 09 - 11:51 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 09 Oct 09 - 06:13 AM
greg stephens 09 Oct 09 - 06:41 AM
GUEST,Guest (Mark Bluemel) 09 Oct 09 - 09:19 AM
Art Thieme 09 Oct 09 - 03:44 PM
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Subject: quote request: 'modern jazz' definition
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 08 Oct 09 - 11:51 PM

I have always liked the definition of Modern Jazz as: "Variations on a non-existent theme". Does anyone know its origin?


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Subject: RE: quote request: 'modern jazz' definition
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 06:13 AM

I looked at a few online sources, describing it as anonymous, but don't have time at the moment to pursue it.

It does remind me of something I one heard Benny Green use in a broadcast, which has stuck with me for many years now, along the lines of: "Free-form jazz, meaning jazz with no form at all...".

Mick


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Subject: RE: quote request: 'modern jazz' definition
From: greg stephens
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 06:41 AM

This anecdote from Wynton Marsalis may have some indirect relevance here.

"Some time ago, the tenor saxophonist Frank Foster was playing a street concert from the Jazzmobile in Harlem. He called for a blues in B-flat. A young tenor player began to play "out" from the first chorus, playing sounds that had no relationship to the harmonic progression or rhythmic setting. Foster stopped him. "What are you doing?" "Just playing what I feel." "Well, feel something in B-flat, motherfucker."


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Subject: RE: quote request: 'modern jazz' definition
From: GUEST,Guest (Mark Bluemel)
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 09:19 AM

Jonty (Bass player with the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain):
"You know why they call it Modern Jazz?
...
...
The word 'crap' was already taken".


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Subject: RE: quote request: 'modern jazz' definition
From: Art Thieme
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 03:44 PM

I done't like it. As long as I am here, it's not correct.

art th(i)eme


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