[Dixielandjazz] The Jazzy J.S. Bach

Charles Suhor csuhor at zebra.net
Sat Jan 22 08:35:29 PST 2005

If you can find Bach's "Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor" for Organ, 
dig the repeated bass line and the rambling, exploratory counterpoint 
Bach builds over it. It's not my favorite Bach piece but it has the 
great, liberating feel of improvisation. I'd swap a day in heaven, if I 
have one to swap, to hear Bach jamming away at a church in Leipzig.

Charlie Suhor

On Jan 22, 2005, at 9:51 AM, Steve barbone wrote:

> "George Thurmond" <gmthur at delrio.com> wrote (polite snip)
>> Me thinks Gunter is putting me on about Johann Sebastian Bach
>> inventing jazz.
> Well, maybe not entirely a put on. Gill Gunter has a thoughtful point. 
> J.S.
> Bach was certainly an improviser  which is usually a key element of 
> jazz. He
> may not have had a "jazz feel" as we know it, but he certainly had many
> elements of jazz in his music.. E.G.  Improvisation and Counterpoint 
> and
> Various Instrumental Combinations.
> Many jazz musicians today are well grounded in Bach.
> Cheers,
> Steve Barbone
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