RE: MOX NIX ∽ OR: HOW ORIGINAL QUOTES IN VALUABLE LINERS CAN LEAD TO ENLIGHTENMENT

Yes, that’s what happened: Enlightenment :)

Quote from the original liners to MEET THE JAZZTET which I have ordered right after Doug had hinted to it HERE.

The quote in question:

Mox Nix is Art’s tune. “I picked the expression up — it’s a German expression, you know—from a girl in Brooklyn,” says Farmer. “It means ‘never mind, that’s all right’.”

Hehehe! We Germans are so deeply involved in Jazz, you Americans will never get rid of us. ;)

Need a more musical proof?

I’ve detected a pre-quote of Mel Tormé’s “Christmas Song” in Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 12, E-flat, op. 127 (recorded by the Juilliard’s in 1969).

In the very same quartet is a passage with a voicing used extensively by Booker Little:

A minor second with trombone (3rd voice) and tenorsax (2nd) on the bottom, and the trumpet with a major third on top.

Ludwig van Beethoven, the inventor of jazz? — No, of course not, but an undeniable influence, as were Bach, Brahms, Mahler, Stravinsky, and… Scriabin, who strangely gets rarely mentioned when jazz scholars are talking about Bill Evans’ harmonic universe.

Feel free to listen to the master himself, and you know what I mean:

Scriabin plays Scriabin: Poem Op. 32 No. 1, F-sharp Major (recorded ca. 1900)

Or:

Scriabin plays Scriabin: Sonata Fantasia Op. 19 (rec. probably January 1908)

Mox nix anyway :)

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