anti-racism

Understanding and Appreciating Beauty

I've been drawn to the beauty of jazz for more than half my life. Still, I feel like an outsider to this beautiful art form. Something I have come to comprehend is that to truly understand art means you must look at all of the dimensions in which it was created. In regards to jazz music or more appropriately defined as Black American Music. I have found that you can't just listen to the music if you wish to really see the beauty within it. The American experience must be examined from as many perspectives as possible to get an honest picture. Today, as I listen to a collection of compositions written by Miles Davis from the box set, Miles Davis - Chronicle: The Complete Prestige Recordings (1951-1956) I am left pondering would any other artform have allowed a young black man in the 1950s to attract and hold the attention of so many people from all over the world.