The Social Interpretation of Modern Jazz


The Social Interpretation of Modern Jazz
Canadian University Music Review
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It is apparent that jazz in some ways shares the evolution of modern art; that its aesthetic conventions have become disassociated from the human center of song and dance; that the
exploration of new techniques and instruments has proceeded at an increasingly rapid pace; and that there has occurred an intensification of stylistic fragmentation which threatens to dissolve jazz as a musical idiom. Jazz also shares with modernism
in the arts an intense individualism which is embodied in the cult of artistic genius and, increasingly, in the subjectivism which exhalts the artist's experience as the object-and-discipline whose expression subordinates all artistic conventions. While Jones, Kofsky, and Sidran correctly indicate some of the links
between black collective consciousness and jazz, they overestimate the strength and autonomy of these connections.
Consequently they overlook the parallels between the evolution
of jazz and the other arts and the way these developments are related to a larger cultural and social configuration.
Canadian University Music Review
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