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Jazz & The Wolf

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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, a story about a troubled academic who believes to be split between man and wolf, jazz proves to be a crucial motif. ...

Swinging with Sartre: Jazz Is Like Bananas

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“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 after a visit to jny: New ...

Bruno Råberg: Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists

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The number three has always had a symbolic and spiritual significance in many different religions and cultures--and, in his latest album Triloka (literally translated as 'Three Realms'), Swedish bassist Bruno Råberg pays his own personal homage to the trinity of...well, everything.

Inspired by South Indian carnatic music, the album immediately cuts to the chase ...

Marc Doffey Quintet: Taking Direction

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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 member, the Marc Doffey Quintet ...

Jazz & Existentialism: Worlds Apart?

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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.

Existentialism in the modern sense of the word, was ...

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Moon Trio: Moon Trio: Earth-Time

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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 far from uncommon for contemporary ...

What would Plato have thought about jazz music?

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"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 about jazz music if he had ...

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B-JAZZ 2017: Help Young Belgian Jazz Musicians Realize Their Dreams

B-JAZZ 2017: Help Young Belgian Jazz Musicians Realize Their Dreams

Although governments in Europe are withdrawing their subsidies for the performing arts and life is getting more and more difficult for performing artists to earn their living, the jazz scene in Europe continues to forge ahead. Music colleges, academies, conservatories and jazz institutes are attracting more young musicians than they can enroll. The number of jazz and ...

Glamour or Gloom? Fitzgerald's Jazz Age

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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 the rise, social dancing was energetic and ...

According To Adorno: A Portrait Of Jazz's Harshest Critic, Part 2

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Though Adorno had many points of criticism regarding the technical aspects of jazz, his contempt for the music genre was fueled by something else. Given the fact that Adorno was best known for his critical theory of society, it is far from surprising that jazz would not escape a ...


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