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Jazz Pieces by Bernd Klein

Describing jazz as "the perfection of the imperfect" offers a unique perspective on this musical genre, a sentiment not articulated until now. This phrase encapsulates the essence of jazz, highlighting its focus on improvisation, spontaneity, and the embrace of elements that might be viewed as unconventional or "imperfect" in comparison to other musical genres. Jazz celebrates individual expression and creativity, providing musicians with the freedom to explore and refine their art within a dynamic and continually evolving musical framework. This stands in contrast to the expectations of "serious" or classical music, where every note is meticulously predetermined. In classical music, melodies, harmonies, tempo, and dynamics adhere to a strict mathematical correctness to achieve perceived perfection. Yet, every jazz musician also tries to achieve perfection within the context of jazz's unique qualities. While jazz values improvisation and embraces the spontaneous, the pursuit of excellence in technique, expression, and collaboration remains a central goal for jazz musicians. This dual emphasis on spontaneity and mastery contributes to the dynamic and expressive nature of jazz. Bernd Klein-Videos.


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So, let me introduce my favorite musicians.
Beginning of the " Evil prince aria" by Frank Zappa

The 'torchum' never stops, Evil prince aria, 5:31 till 5:51. Transcr. KS.,
taken from FRANK ZAPPA'S MUSICAL LANGUAGE


Frank Zappa (1940-1993) is an exceptional musician, who can't be categorized in an easy way. His works, which comprise pop, rock, jazz and what is sometimes referred to as "serious music", are proving his outstanding creativity. The Times wrote about Frank Zappa in their obituary on the 7th of December 1993: "An obstreperous and delightfully barking mad spirit, Frank Zappa was one of rock music's innovatory forces. But, though a talented musician, his penchant for bizarre humour and his gift of waspish satire were a combined insurance policy against his taking either himself or the rock ethos too seriously"
Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971)

Igor Stravisnky is a composer who showed extreme vitality and versatility in his works. Glass said that Stravinsky is the most influential composer of the 20th century and a "theater composer par excellence."

First bars of Stravinskys Piano Rag
Now I want to introduce my favorite jazz musician: Miles Davis
He was one of those musicians who stayed young with their musical ideas and concepts. He never got stuck into a fixed style: His works show a continuous development. His Human Nature is a marvelous example of the innovative style of his last years. If you listen carefully to this recording, you might even hear me clap my hands, as I was attending this great open air concert of Miles Davis. It was the hightlight of the Hohentwiel festival in Singen in 1990.

Musicians missing here: Philip Glass, Tori Amos, Nils Petter Molvaer, Eric Satie and many others :-)

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Written by Bernd Klein; Last Modified: January 20, 2024