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Jazz is a combination of European, American and African slave music at the start of twentieth century. The music as a part of their everyday life and was usually used during plantation, mourning, celebration, or to entertain after an exhausting work. The blending of the music became the foundation of blues, ragtime and other type of music in which jazz had evolved.

The art of jazz used musical instruments such as the piano, the saxophone, the trumpet and the bass. The stylish, expensive and gallant looking trumpet is the main feature for several jazz masterpieces. The development of jazz from the twentieth century up to the present used improvisation, syncopation which includes a variety of rhythm that stray from regular spaced strong and weak beats, swung note (also known as shuffle note) in which similar written time are done lopsidedly frequently alternating long and short, blue note (also called worried note) sung at a lower pitch for dramatic intention or soul-searching on the part of the performer, and polyrhythm the synchronize of two or more independent rhythms. Jazz music exhibit emotional pay offs. To catch the concept behind the music, it needs more concentration efforts. Often times it is quoted as very hard to perform kind of music.

Rock is an understandable kind of music. It is mostly made up of a standard three chord sequence. In year nineteen fifty rock music was developed and on its premature stages it was characterized as blues, country and jazz with electric guitar. In later years it was generally portrayed as hard-edged music played with electric guitars, drums, bass and lyrics sung by the vocalist. The ear-piercing noise and different from norm of rock instruments such as the drums paved way to the birth of heavy metal or hard rock genre. It grants rock its dark and heavy tone as well as its rude attitude and hopping mad singing.

Rock is accessible and mostly poetic in nature. The melody which is sung with the progression makes rock unique in its own way. The mind blowing elements, concept and single theme are meant to be accomplished in one sitting. The assertive attack illustrates sexual freedom that may be shocking to the soft and safe jazz music. Today’s generation quoted rock music as performing arts and more on entertaining the people.

1. Jazz music was developed from mixed cultures at the beginning of 20th century. Rock music was developed from blues, country and jazz in 1950’s.
2. Trumpet is the main feature of jazz music while rock uses electric guitars.
3. Jazz music is lower in pitch while rock music is loud and mind blowing.
4. Jazz expresses emotions or soul-searching characteristics while rock is assertive and exhibit sexual freedom.
5. Jazz was quoted hard to perform while rock is accessible.
6. Jazz is complicated while rock is understandable.

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  1. “4. Jazz expresses emotions or soul-searching characteristics while rock is assertive and exhibit sexual freedom….6. Jazz is complicated while rock is understandable”
    Wow, what kind of incredibly musically UNdiscerning person is left to write this article. Tremendous disservice to those who are genuinely unfamiliar with either or both genres.

    • I mostly agree with Kaplan; whoever wrote this is without a great knowledge of music.

      At least they did a better job than the bozo who wrote this:


      If you’d like a decent comparison between Jazz and rock, try this one:


    • They’re not wrong…rock has become a pretty distasteful genre. And yes, jazz is rather complicated while rock is easier to understand. I’m going to have to take their side on this one.

    • I am agreement with your dissatisfaction with opinion of the articles author

      In my opinion as a music undergraduate,my deduction from introductory study of African American music painted the white to have been overwhelmed by the whirlwind of inherent natural expressive energetic drive that’s associated with music performance of the black.

      The white couldn’t withstand having their music play the second fiddle to black originated music, which was forcefully pushing towards dominance, hence, the move to create a music genre to counter its reign, haven come to a realization that the systematic affront of silencing the African musical expression could not succeed.

      Rock is a product of research on these unique attributes of African music performance and expression, the research objective was targetted towards the development of a white originated musical genre that replicate these.

      A close examination of rock music either from passive observation or active participation, reveals a conscious effort to create induced musical expression, the shouts and Jumps is to mimick the ring shout of the Negro Spiritual music.

      Rock music is is only best as carbon copy of the African music expression.

  2. You can play Jazz forever even if you are 100 years old and be taken seriously.
    But With rock metal and pop it looks perverted when the 75 – 85 year old with tattoos doing the splits is still trying to pick up teenage girls who are now screaming at him to keep back..

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