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Vortex discussion 97 – ‘Genius’. A clear cut way of defining innovators?

According to Immanuel Kant, “the product of a genius…is an example that is meant not to be imitated, but to be followed by another genius…[who]…is aroused…to a feeling of his own originality, which allows him to exercise in art his freedom from the constraint of rules, [so] that art itself acquires a new rule by this, thus showing that the talent is exemplary. But since a genius is nature’s favourite and so…a rare phenomenon, his example gives rise to a school for other good minds.”

Is that a definition to be followed when it comes to jazz? Some might argue that it’s too exclusive and perhaps there are more geniuses perhaps in a narrower sense?

Meanwhile in this field, there is a lot of fun to be had! Indeed, who are the jazz ‘geniuses’? I have included Art Tatum. Others may disagree, but so be it!

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Join the discussion led by Oliver Weindling, Vortex director.



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