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  • Greg Thomas wrote on January 22, 2012

    Not sure why the great emphasis on exclusion vs. inclusion in response to my comments, Marcus. That's not my kick.

    Interesting that you don't mention "race" in your two responses above, but many of the responses and confusion have to do with folks not understanding the distinction between the two; hence the need to drive home the difference over and over, until clarity is achieved.

    So the umbrella term, Black American Music, is the big tent phrase for you. And you say: "My music is not just swing, not just straight-eights, not just hip-hop or funk grooves, not just blues, but it is actually all of the above at any point in time."

    So, it's hip hop, funk, and blues at times. And swing sometimes, which is a key component to what I call jazz (as is the blues.)You're cool with those other genre descriptions, but want to trash the word jazz.

    Sounds penny wise and pound foolish to me. Especially since the word jazz isn't going anywhere; it's been in use too long. And it doesn't just have negative connotations, as implied or stated directly by some BAM proponents.

    I look forward to those using the phrase BAM responding to the concept of the "blues idiom" as described by Albert Murray. It's not just a reference to the blues as music; it's a philosophical and aesthetic dynamic rich in application, with far-reaching implications.

    Have you read any of Albert Murray's work, Marcus?

    Hope your trip to Thailand is fruitful, and that what you play--whatever you call it--will touch those folks emotionally and spiritually in ways that these debates over terminology never will.