Recommended Listening

By Lars Rosager | Music

Apr 29

“Cascades” by Oliver Nelson from the album Stolen Moments is impressionistic jazz. It makes me want to learn more about the cues jazz musicians may have taken from the late romantics—any artist intending to convey scene, character, idea, etc. through a medium possibly foreign to the underlying concept. People have cited Charlie Parker’s interest in Stravinsky, perhaps the twentieth-century classical influence on the generation of Parker as a whole. Debussy could have a part to play in all this . . . Give “Cascades” a listen and consider the wider reach of impressionism within the jazz tradition.