Havana Jazz Festival Tour

Repeating Islands

Herbie Hancock

A review by Simon Lee got Trinidad’s Guardian.

This is a column which should, chronologically speaking, have appeared last week, but given the topic—UN International Jazz Day on April 30—and seeing that jazz is fundamentally about improvisation and does not restrict itself to linearity, or any other boundary, here it is.

Feel free to join my impromptu descarga, a veritable jam session, a montuno and breakaway, a dingolay for the pitch-perfect and the stone deaf, because jazz is as much spirit as it is melody, polyrhythm, motif, freeness and fluidity.

In her message to the global community last Thursday, Unesco’s director general Irina Bokova extolled both the benefits and necessity of jazz: “In times of change and uncertainty, we need the spirit of jazz more than ever before, to bring people—especially young men and women—together, to nurture freedom and dialogue, to create new bridges of respect and understanding, for…

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