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JT Notes: Pay Attention to the Words

Editor Evan Haga introduces the October issue

Language, or at least my relationship to it, is the damnedest thing. I need to set text-message alerts in order to pay my credit cards on time, but I can recall certain examples of journalism, literature and film dialogue with the clarity of a stage actor after reading or hearing them only once. The articles that appear in JazzTimes burrow even deeper into my memory because I’ve internalized them ad nauseam through the various stages of our production cycle.

I wouldn’t call my skill photographic, however; the words, whether in content or style or both, have to impress me in a specific, striking way to be retained. One piece that will always remain is our October 2013 Before & After listening session with this month’s cover subject, trumpeter Dave Douglas-especially his closing sentiments. After commenting on Terri Lyne Carrington’s Money Jungle tribute album, Douglas ties a bow on the exercise: “[People get] dark about the future of the music and the future of instruments,” he says, “but I feel like it’s a golden age for improvised music. … There’s more creative music happening now than ever, and I’m very upbeat about it. A lot of this music you played for me proves that point. It gives me even more to look forward to.”

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