Jazz on Canvas Riffshots on A Short Course on Jazz Improvisation feat. Bill Evans – “Blue Monk” ~ Liner Notes of Bill Evans on Language & Improvisation


Courtesy of Wikipedia Japanese Art of 60s
Courtesy of Wikipedia Japanese Art of 60s


Beginning in the Jazz Age, Japan’s fascination with jazz seems limitless. Japanese musicians often interpret western sounds and musical styles with amazing results, it captures the flow that is moving and shaping  original sounds in ways that only occur through Japanese aesthetic. Art Critics and Scholars puzzle over cultural interpretation and translation, Japanese jazz musicians love to create new music that  highlights the greatest elements of the American cultural tradition moving beyond o unfamiliar creative spaces.



Bill Evan’s brought this out in the liner notes on the “Patch of Blue” Album cover.  It speaks to Debussy’s quote “Music is the space between the notes”.  Evan’s uses “Silence“ as a metaphor for “Space”.  He beautifully illustrates this through Japanese Visual Artist’s vision and style.  Enjoy Jazz through Sight, Sounds and Vision…Peace Out!  JBC 8-



On Silence


“There is a Japanese visual art in which the artist is forced to be spontaneous. He must paint on a thin stretched parchment with a special brush and black water paint in such a way that an unnatural or interrupted stroke will destroy the line or break through the parchment. Erasures or changes are impossible. These artists must practice a particular discipline, that of allowing the idea to express itself in communication with their hands in such a direct way that deliberation cannot interfere.

“The resulting pictures lack the complex composition and textures of ordinary painting, but it is said that those who see well find something captured that escapes explanation.

“This conviction that direct deed is the most meaningful reflection, I believe, has prompted the evolution of the extremely severe and unique disciplines of the jazz or improvising musician.”

(In such paintings the influence of Zen Buddhism, with its emphasis on the Void, on clearing. is visible in the predominance of empty space. Cf. Evans’s piano, Davis‘s trumpet, Creeley’s emulation of Davis.)



Japanese translation for meaning

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