Jazz: Melding Beauty into Beauty

Music deeper than what meets the ear: Jazz – rhythmic, formal, and harmonic.

In “Ruby, my dear” performed by the jazz icons, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk, it is almost like an amorous conversation between the dour, soothing saxophone and the elegant, sophisticated piano.

The harmonies and different voices compliment each other – similar to Bach’s cello suites, only more subtle and modern. It takes the listener into notions of balance and equality; by melding beauty into beauty, the opposites, united by a soft, patient moderation discerned by the tempo. A dyadic relationship based on knowing differences, as well as the balances and rhythm required to bring the two together. Although the harmonies may not completely balance or perfectly match each other, they still sound beautiful on their own, and have a pleasant sense together. A beautiful paradox.

Music deeper than what meets the ear: Jazz – rhythmic, formal, and harmonic

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lionelntasano

Author of 'Greener on the Other Side' - his fiction has also appeared in 'Pear Drop Journal'. He is at work on a novel that delves into the intricacies, and conundrums of the meaning of manhood in today's world.

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