Dirty words: jazz

I’ve never really understood free jazz and nobody I know who likes it has ever convinced me that it’s anything more than a petulant and obscurantist rebellion against convention and a platform for primadonnas an irritant.

I say that from a position of profound ignorance – I can hardly tell you how profound. I’m bound to get in trouble for this from at least one quarter.
Nevertheless, I’m averse to free jazz I feel I’m destined to remain ignorant about free jazz.

So it tickles that bad arguments are becoming known as ‘jazz’ (can’t point to any examples – just something I’ve noticed lately). The type of bad argument that’s, like free jazz, an unending rudderless deviation peppered with squawks, aimlessly repetitive and ultimately ending up nowhere.

Hey – doesn’t Gilad Atzmon play jazz? I wonder if it’s free? Bet it is.

4 thoughts on “Dirty words: jazz

  1. Jazz certainly is a dirty word.
    According to the Viz profanisaurus, “Jazz” is a type of magazine; also known as a Grot, Scud, Grumble or Bongo mag. Therefore “free jazz” bust be the sort of bongo mags one would find disassembled and discarded under hedges in parks near secondary schools.

  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jazz_%28word%29#Association_of_jazz_with_sex

    The association of jazz with sex is early and extensive. The Historical Dictionary of American Slang (1997) cites explicit sexual meanings from 1918 and says that this was probably the original sense. However, it now seems difficult to reconcile a prior, widely recognized sexual meaning of jazz with the known word history described above. Professor Gerald Cohen of the University of Missouri–Rolla, who has done a great deal of work on the word’s history, in 2001 offered a $100 reward for any provable musical or sexual use of jazz from before 1913, an offer that still stands.

    Vet Boswell of the Boswell Sisters said she remembered when “jazz” was not a word fit to be uttered in polite company.

    I love anything free, and I love a few Jazz artists, like Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Keith Jarret, Jack DeJonette.

    Gilad Atzmon, on the other hand, gets on my nerves whatever form he chooses for his pompous self-righteousness.

  3. [audio src="http://blip.tv/file/get/107ans-theEvilsGirlsElectro219.mp3" /]

    In a kind day
    You met a kind girl
    and this kind girl
    have a kind smile
    you got to the park with the lovely girl
    and then
    you met people
    who walk on
    cool flowers

    the kind girl
    want to kiss you
    and you kiss her smoth lips

    then the kind people walk on your kind flowers and
    watch out your girl
    and then your so jalous

    then find other park
    with other flowers and may be tries
    and then fine girl
    tell you something strange
    she ask you if you yould like to go
    with her in a fine town
    if the fine girl
    ask you that
    have to ask yourself
    the folowing and important question
    where did people go ?
    who is behind the miror ?

    the kind men find kind girl
    didn’t knew that she was the slave of another bad master
    If you’ve got spicy in your brain
    know that the way you take
    bring you to the evil’s girls

  4. Many jazz artists resented the word and preferred more specific terms like bebop, hard bop, etc. As Sidney Bechet wrote, jazz “that’s a name the white people have given to the music.”

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