Anthony Braxton y el "jazz"

Anthony Braxton y el "jazz" 1
© Carolyn Wachnicki

“jazz” is the word that’s used to delineate the parameters that African-Americans are allowed to function in, a “sanctioned” zone. That’s what “jazz” is. “Jazz” is the name of the political system that controls and dictates African-Americans information dynamics (and also the European or trans-European information dynamics that come in that particular zone)…
But the whole thing is… I mean, it’s taken for granted that a European or European-American jazzz musician has borrowed some aspects of African-American languaje: why should it be such a big thing that I’ve learned from Europe? I’m a human being, just like Ronnie Scott or Derek Bailey. Why is it so natural for Evan Parker, say, to have an appreciation of Coltrane, but for me to have an appreciation of Stockhausen is somehow out of the natural order of human experience? I see it as racist.

 Anthony Braxton

Publicado originalmente en Forces in Motion. The Music and Thoughts of Anthony Braxton. Graham Lock. Da Capo Press. 1988. Citado en Blutopia. Visions of the Future and Revisions of the Past in the Work of Sun Ra, Duke Ellington, and Anthony Braxton. Graham Lock. Duke University Press. 1999

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