Tension and Release: A History of Jazz and Sex

Jazz, at its very core, is sex. The one begs the other. Harmonic tension, rhythmic tension, and even melodic tension, followed by release matches the feel of the moment, passion and unrest bent up inside a person before the ultimate and sudden exhale.

The New York American had this to say of jazz music in 1922, “Lights were lowered, and to the strains of syncopated music, actions that are indescribable took place. This is the full flowering – the fruition of modern erotic music, which has so crazed and befuddled the moral make-up of young people…

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