[Dixielandjazz] The Jazzy J.S. Bach

Steve barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Sat Jan 22 11:50:26 PST 2005

Yes sir! Or listen to the Goldberg Variations as done by Glenn Gould twice.
separated by a decade or two. Then hear Gould's very different
interpretations between the two. Beautiful counterpoint and tempo
variations. Who says those classical cats can't jam?

Steve Barbone

on 1/22/05 11:35 AM, Charles Suhor at csuhor at zebra.net wrote:

> 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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