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October 25, 2009


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Ed Leimbacher

I'd say that some aspects of taste might be innate, but that most of it is learned behavior. Your discourse applies somewhat to my own latest blog post, www.mrebks.blogspot.com, regarding Thelonious Monk, whose career was once partially shaped by people (including Jazz musicians) saying, "What the hell is that? He plays too weird!" And now look where he stands in the pantheon...

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