Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 2:53 pm
Trumpeter Papa Celestin (left) and clarinetist Alphonse Picou in 1950.
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There are at least two major reactions I have whenever I hear the earliest jazz musicians talk about the roots of jazz. The first is the chills, like, "These guys were present at the creation! And they have charmingly unusual, aged accents!"
The wonderment eventually wears a little, which leads to the second reaction: How we think about jazz now is not how what they thought about it then. The language the pioneers had for their creations was so inexact, so undefined that you begin to wonder just how much has been lost in translation over the years.
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