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Jazz Theology 101–Classical vs. Jazz

Classical music–Formal music performed as written, able to be reproduced. The skill of the musician is measured by one’s ability to imitate the original.

Jazz music–Dynamic music, unable to be reproduced. The skill of the musician is measured by one’s ability to improvise.

Carl Ellis writes, "Theology bears analogy with music in that it too can be approached as formal or dynamic." Classical theology is concerned with "propositions" while Jazz theology is concerned with what happens when those proposistions interact with pain, life and the moment…God in the moment…God moments: Theomoments.

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posted October 10, 2006 at 6:59 am

Jazz in nothing but a minor form of classic, the true complete music per se. A classic formed musicians will outperform a jazz trained musician any time. Improvising/interpreting and even composing.
Bach allready did long time ago what jazz claims to be it’s essence. just because the originators of jazz were ignorant, it does not make their finding valid, only nahive maybe) and ignorant.

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posted February 6, 2007 at 12:05 pm

The truth is that jazz has been more “free” and, for example, with the saxophone has used this much more and got a more characteristic sound. But, nowadays, Classical music, which I call “Art Music” is getting more and more free everytime, assimiling all that jazz has used and going much furhter, making a music much more intelectual and therefore more complete.

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posted March 13, 2007 at 2:10 am

I’m sure you know jazz well, but going by your definition above, you don’t know much about classical.

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posted March 13, 2007 at 4:38 pm

I’m always open to some learning. Teach away!

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