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Esbjorn Svensson: What Jazz Is, Not Was

By Published: November 29, 2004

AAJ: Well, there are Ellington pieces with no improvisation, and even avant-garde music, some Anthony Braxton pieces are through-composed.

ES: Yes! We just have to live with these labels... I mean, what we're doing, if you have to call it something... I guess it's jazz, but it's not what jazz was.

AAJ: Which is good! That's the point!

ES: Yeah! [laughs]. It's nothing we're fighting for, though. It's just what we play—and we play how we feel.

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