Jazz & The Wolf When a literary critic is analysing one of Hermann Hesse’s most influential novels, the discussion of jazz music used as a literary device might not immediately jump to his mind. However, throughout Steppenwolf (1927), a story about a troubled academic who believes to be split between man and wolf, jazz… Read More Jazz & The Wolf
Swinging with Sartre: Jazz is Like Bananas “Jazz is like bananas, it must be consumed on the spot” These immortal words were first brought to life by the famous French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre in an article that appeared in the Saturday Review, November 29, 1947. The article, titled “I Discovered Jazz in America”, was written… Read More Swinging with Sartre: Jazz is Like Bananas
Jazz & Existentialism: Worlds Apart? Jazz: a form of musical expression that originated in the United States. Existentialism: a European school of thought that reached its peak in the 1940s. At first thought, we might not associate these two phenomena with one another, yet their correlation throughout history is indisputable. ©Mathias Gabriel Existentialism in the… Read More Jazz & Existentialism: Worlds Apart?
What Would Plato Have Thought About Jazz? “The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” (Alfred North Whitehead, Process and Reality, p. 39 [Free Press, 1979]) Have you ever wondered what one of the most celebrated philosophers of Ancient History might have thought… Read More What Would Plato Have Thought About Jazz?
Glamour or Gloom: Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age Many names have been given to the 1920s: the Roaring Twenties, the Golden Twenties, Les Années Folles and, of course, the Jazz Age. It was a decade fuelled by innovation and change; a time of movement: cars were becoming the favoured means of transportation, commercial airline flights were on… Read More Glamour or Gloom: Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age
According To Adorno: A Portrait of Jazz’s Harshest Critic PART I Though the vast majority of his writings on music dealt primarily with the classical tradition, Theodor Adorno (1903-1969) also devoted a considerable amount of attention to jazz. To say Adorno was skeptical of this dance music that had paddled its way across the Atlantic,… Read More According To Adorno: A Portrait of Jazz’s Harshest Critic
Marc Doffey Quintet – Taking Direction Over the course of 17 tracks, the Berlin based Marc Doffey Quintet sets out to create a suite filled with lyrical and dynamic soundscapes… and succeeds. Their debut album, Taking Direction, consists of compositions written by each individual band member and brief, improvised interludes. By including compositions of each… Read More Marc Doffey Quintet – Taking Direction
Undiscovered Television – Gypsy in A High Rise London-based guitarist Andy Lale strings together various musical backgrounds in the album Gypsy In A High Rise with his recently formed Undiscovered Television (UTV). With the unusual line-up of an eight-string guitar, soprano saxophone, cello and drums, UTV sets out to achieve a “post-jazz” sound over the… Read More Undiscovered Television – Gypsy In A High Rise
Moon Trio – Earth Time Graceful melodies and grooves merge together effortlessly on the debut album of this recently formed trio led by Dutch pianist Jeroen Van Vliet. With the help of occasional electronic effects, Van Vliet and his trio create soundscapes of a dreamlike quality that trigger and inspire the imagination. While it is… Read More Moon Trio – Earth Time
Einzelgänger – Musica Gymnastica If you have been missing the long lost quirkiness and humour in jazz music, then this album is for you. Einzelgänger, a Dutch trio formed by trombonist Louk Boudesteijn, saxophonist Nils Van Haften and guitarist Anton Goudsmit, are breaking through the stereotype of the serious, intellectual jazz musician with their recent… Read More Einzelgänger – Musica Gymnastica