The True Language Of Jazz
The roots of jazz music come from the Negro spirituals, the blues, and church. They are often ecstatic in nature. The dictionary defines the word ecstatic as "an overpowering emotion or exaltation; a state of sudden, intense feeling." A person playing or listening to the music is overpowered emotionally and both the players and listeners can feel it. A person becomes jazzed.
This is not, however, to deny that there are both technical and spiritual aspects to jazz. You have to master the technical aspects to develop jazz language but the rhythmic feel of swing still has a very strong spiritual/emotional element as wellyou can't have one without the other. Within the jazz community there are extreme positions taken that only serve to separate and divide it. I think we need to find common ground and the common ground is this: blues and jazz has birthed a myriad of musical stylesswing, funk, R&B, soul, rock, fusion, Brazilian/Latin & Afro-Cuban jazz. And we should be able to appreciate this smorgasbord even though it might not be our favorite style of jazz. Why? Because jazz, in all its flavors, is a gift to be enjoyed and savored.
Leonardo DaVinci once said, "Do you know that our souls are composed of music?" Music and religion are intimately linked and music is one of the most powerful tools to convey religious meaning. I personally think that we have been graciously given the gift of music to transform us from our humdrum, everyday existence, into something out of the ordinary. Whether music excites us or soothes us, it transports us to another place. When we play and listen to music we should be lifted out of ourselves and enjoy the very language of the heavens. So celebrate today and be jazzed!