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A Love Supreme
subsequen generaions o absorb, imiae, and measure hemselvesagains. As Marin Williams saed,
Phonograph records are in a sense a conradicion o he meaning o he music.Ta is, hey end o make permanen and absolue music ha is creaed or hemomen, o express he meaning o he momen. On he oher hand, recordsates ha wha is made up or he momen
survive ha momenaesheically.
Williams ouches on some o he inheren conradicions o usingrecordings as he cenral pillars o he music’s hisory, or jazz is oenheralded as he quinessenial improvised music whose essence canno be capured or documened oher han “in he momen.” Indeed, wihinesimonies o jazz hisory, he recording is oen discussed as a poorsubsiue or he experience o live music, and here is litle acknowl-edgmen o he way musicians and hisorians boh rely on recordings oell he sory o jazz and he proound impac recordings can have onmusicians and liseners alike.During he second hal o he 20h cenury, orma changes, hegrowh in discographies, archival resources, collecions, and reissueshas demonsraed he imporance o recordings o jazz hisory, whichhas ed ino he consrucion and undersanding o jazz as a canonicalar orm. In many respecs, he canonizaion o jazz would no be pos-sible wihou a body o recordings o celebrae and revere. Indeed, i ishrough he noion o he jazz “work” ha musical geniuses are mosoen celebraed and heir recordings discussed as imeless maser-pieces. In conras o he growh in canonical readings o jazz hisory,recordings also provide us wih a means o escaping xed percepions o arisic culure or hisorical noions o genius as records are bound up wih he collaboraive pracices o he modern age. In many respecs, jazz records and sudio pracices align hemselves wih he dawn o hemedia age, where elecronic objecs orm a cenral par o our under-sanding o arisic experience. As Michael Jarret saes,
Jazz didn’ emerge in an oral culure (America is no myhic Arica; jazzmen areno grios). And excep as a reacion, jazz is no a response o prin echnology,since Arican Americans were rouinely denied access o he benes o pub-lished music. Jazz is, in ac, a response o and an eec o elecronic culure(radio and records). As surely as cinema, i invened sraegies or navigaingelecronic space. Louis Armsrong isn’ a lae arriving epic poe; he’s an early arriving cyberwrier. He has lessons o each us abou wha is o come.