I have an extensive Jazz collection but I simply cannot listen to Jazz anymore. Please though, I don't want this to turn into a whole "is jazz intrinsically evil argument" for I just want some practical advice. Some of my cd's belong to what you would call the "free jazz" or "avante-garde" genre and frankly I am ashamed that I ever listened to such nonsense. What was I thinking? I suppose only the "initiated" get this strange form of music if you can even call it that. Now I am thinking of selling my entire collection so what do you all think? Must I throw away all these cd's? Thank you.
hmmm... I would destroy the "free jazz" garbage, yes. I would not sell it. The other stuff, it all depends. Personally, I'd axe it. However, if you think that you may be able to get some money from it that would go to a good cause, and you don't think it's so bad that it'd be danger to souls, then I suppose you could sell it. It is better to listen to classical Jazz, by far, than "rock 'n roll" and the like.
If you think that they are things that are intrinsically bad, and you wouldn't want others to listen to them, then destroy them.
If you think that they are only a "flawed" form of entertainment, and just don't want to listen to that kind of thing yourself, for one reason or another, then sell them.
Comes down to you. It really don't matter what you do with it. Especially in this digital age where you when any can download or listen to wathever you want in an instant.
It's really a statement that you would be making for yourself.
I personally find this music quite difficult to approach but have no bones with anyone who appreciates it an in fact, I'd enjoy learning more about it if someone would be able to explain it to me in a way I could truely understand.
Whatever you do, don't think it matters because it don't... it does, but only to you.
I actually have a few of his cd's and let me tell you something...this man is WAY OUT THERE!! I tried to listen to one of his albums entitled "Unit Structures" and it actually hurt my ears, lol. The linear notes for this album has an essay or poem or whatever it is by Cecil Taylor and IT MAKES NO SENSE! Here are some excerpts:
"Acknowledging silence its definition in absence. Reactive occult, in action unknowable --- detached --- rationalization of inaction and detachment mathematical series, permutation and row - underlying premise = idea precedes experience."
What did he say?
"Joint energy disposal in parts of singular feedings. A recharge; group chain reaction. Acceleration result succession of multiple time compressioin areas. Sliding elision/beat here is physical commitment to earth force. Rude insistance of tough meeting at vertical centers. Time strata thru panels joined sequence a continuum (movements) across nerve centers. Total immersion."
Now I am totally confused
I think this cd will go in the trash.
You could always sell them and give the money to the poor...
That presupposes that the music contained therein is not sinful. If it is sinful, it'd be gravely wrong to feed somebody else's inclination to sin by selling them to them. Chances are, if Alex feels that he can no longer listen to this music, there is probably a good reason why, and he should keep that reason in mind. I, for one, doubt that it is the simple matter of "his tastes have evolved" or somesuch thing. There are fundamental reasons, especially with that absolute garbage like what was just posed above ("Cecil Taylor" was it?) why this music is NOT healthy to listen to. It's disorder at it's highest, and even I, your resident anti-rock 'n roll spokesman, would far rather listen to some comparatively "ordered and pleasant" death metal than some of that dreadful "free jazz" or whatever they call it.