Dangerous Music Records
‘ Beauty can inflame… ’
Jazz began as the forbidden, subversive music that allowed for free expression of all that was interesting in life, true artistic, racial and sexual freedom that scared polite society, made them nervous.
Nothing has changed. Jazz is still at the forefront of breaking new ground musically, making people think, feel and doubt, all sometimes in a single track.
Historically it has been a music of forward motion, an instigator of change, with all the birth-pains associated with progress. Each period of jazz is characterised by a new metamorphosis and mould-breaking.
There has been many an impassioned argument about jazz, what it means, if it is truly original, or too original and challenging. Think of the danger and beauty rolled into one of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit”, a song about death and life.
Beauty is central to music, but beauty can inflame.
In the modern world of marketability and commercial appeal where creative and jazz musicians are forced to eke out a niche market and find a hook. Jazz has often been seen as a mechanism of polite social snobbery rather than grass roots social change, there is an important role for music that takes a risk.
‘Jazz’ does not have clean, polite origins, does not withstand the status quo, though it can be both gentle and beautiful.
Riding the wave of artist driven independent releases that are revitalising music production and allowing for the connection between musician and audience to be closer and more responsive comes Dangerous Music Records.
“Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it.”