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Blood Sweat & Tears: Seeing Through The Past Darkly

Brian Torff, International Association of Jazz, 2005

HISTORY HAS a strange and highly selective memory. The past seems to lie in shadows with a filtered and distorted prism for a lens, and no more so than in music. If you are remembered solely by your hits, (if you are lucky enough to have any) it can create gaping holes by which the truth about an artists' body of work escapes. The past is thus colored and distorted, often causing a misunderstanding of the music and the time in which it was created.

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