Uninformed Comment

In the beginning

Posted in Personal by uninformedcomment on April 30, 2009
Dizzy Gillespie, taking a break from reshaping jazz

Dizzy Gillespie, taking a break from reshaping jazz

Somewhere among my languishing collection of jazz LPs, there’s a Dizzy Gillespie double album called “In The Beginning”.  It consists of recordings of his from the late 1940s, when he, Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, Bud Powell, and others were defining a new type of music, a form of jazz called “be-bop”.

Be-bop reshaped jazz.  That’s not hyperbole – be-bop took jazz and gave it a good post-war shaking up, dragging it reluctantly into the second half of the Twentieth Century.  I’ll not attempt to describe it here, beyond saying that pretty much any music made afterwards (and not just in the field of jazz) is to some extent shaped by the creation of those guys in New York in the ’40s.  It’s impossible to imagine how today’s music – as well as rap – would sound if that turn had not been taken.

This post has nothing to do with be-bop.  Nor do I expect it this blog to redefine anything.  In fact, I’m not sure what to expect, just that for a long I’ve been wanting some outlet for my mundane observations and thoughts on a variety of topics, and if I’m going to do the literary equivalent of wanking, a blog is perhaps the best way to do it.  Maybe a theme will develop.  Who knows?

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  1. Paul Madarasz said, on December 20, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Great beginning, UC! And what a great pic of Dizzy.


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