The word “jazz” didn’t appear in print with any frequency until March 1913, exactly a century ago. What’s more, it doesn’t seem to have had anything to do with music, nor was the word coined in New Orleans. It was used by baseball players and sportswriters in California as a synonym for “enthusiasm.” By 1915 it was also being used to refer to improvised dance music. Two years after that, a five-piece ragtime combo from New Orleans cut a record whose label identified it as the “Original Dixieland ‘Jass’ Band.” From then on the word (whose spelling soon became regularized) was permanently attached to the music.
Lady, if I told you, your mind would explode.
If you’re not making a mistake, you’re making a mistake.
The way Miles Davis’s use of short, suggestive music impacts a writer’s prose:
Unlike so much fat-cat prose, Davis’s solos didn’t divert from their emotional center by wowing the audience with speed and facility. With less distraction, the force of his music landed more squarely on me.
More is less. Simplify and provoke. A great artist doesn’t need to show or tell it all.
“Nights in Nippon” is an instrumental album and dedication to the fond memories Funky DL has accumulated over the many years of his travels in Japan. Having visited the many beautiful cities and towns across the prefectures of Japan, DL has enjoyed everything from the Temples of Kyoto to the flashing lights of Tokyo. From the chilled vibe of Osaka to the calming shores of Yokohama.