Jazz Views Interviews Dave Douglas

Posted by: Dave Douglas on August 11, 2005 @ 6:38 am
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For those interested in an extended take on my views, here’s a 2004 interview with British journalist John Kelman.

While critics attempt to categorize Douglas’ work as ranging from the Eastern European folk-informed Tiny Bell Trio to electronica with his Freak In project, Douglas steadfastly avoids the use of labels. “I am really wary of genre names,” says Douglas. “I feel like when we get into saying, for example, that there’s more blues on Strange Liberation we get on a really slippery slope to defining what the blues is and then taking it further and saying, ‘OK, is this more black or white?’ And that’s what we’ve been fighting against doing to people for hundreds of years, so I just don’t feel like we should be doing that to music.”

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