Lubricity is the quality of shiftiness or slipperiness, the ability to resist definition, and the capacity for reducing tension. To me, it’s a perfect descriptor for jazz as it lives in our world today.
It’s also a tribute to the bebop musicians like Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk who had a fascination with obscure multisyllabic words like “Epistrophy” and “Ornithology”. Finally, it’s a tip of the hat to my instrument, the trombone, which requires a lubricious slide in order to be played effectively.
Join me in discussing the definition-resistant musical tradition we call jazz through my perspective as a young trombonist and aspiring jazz historian.