The Revivalist Drops Issue No. 5: Transatlantic Jazz

Letter from The Editor

The issue of lineage always tends to come up when discussing music. Who played this lick first, where did that technique emerge from, who does he sound like, where does her sound come from. Yet, we tend to have a short term memory when tracing the lineage. Moreover, in America, we also seem to talk about lineage within a geographically small sphere of influence.

Despite the fact that America is a melting pot of cultures, those cultures maintain their own roots and histories scattered throughout the world. One of the largest influences represented in the music we love here at the Revivalist are the various African cultures brought over as early as 1526 as a result of the institutions of slavery. With their influence, jazz, hip-hop, R&B, pop, and many other types of music emerged throughout the Americas, later spreading all over the world.