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Jazz has endured because it doesn't have a beginning or an ending. It's a moment.

ROBERT ALTMAN, Esquire, Mar. 2004

Jazz is the false liquidation of art -- instead of utopia becoming reality it disappears from the picture.

THEODOR W. ADORNO, attributed, The Sociology of Rock

I will say, too, that lovemaking, if sincere, is one of the best ideas Satan put in the apple she gave to the serpent to give to Eve. The best idea in that apple, though, is making jazz.


The aim of jazz is the mechanical reproduction of a regressive moment, a castration symbolism. 'Give up your masculinity, let yourself be castrated,' the eunuchlike sound of the jazz band both mocks and proclaims, 'and you will be rewarded, accepted into a fraternity which shares the mystery of impotence with you, a mystery revealed at the moment of the initiation rite.

THEODOR W. ADORNO, "Perennial Fashion--Jazz", Prisms


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