This comprehensive study, the first to be written by an African American, is a precursor to the fields of cultural studies and critical race theory. William J. Harris discusses the implications of this sociocultural history of African American music and its unique place in American music history and culture. The talk marks the 50th anniversary of Amiri Baraka’s classic, which was published in New York City On September 25, 1963 with a first impression of 5000 copies and never went out of print.
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A survey of the life and music of Miles Davis, examining the social history and musical traditions which shaped his work, and exploring his influence on music, literature and society.
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In 1974, Anthony Braxton was considered a radical among radicals. This was true not least for his distinctive embrace of post-war European avant-garde composition, then assumed to be particularly uncongenial to the average listener's taste.
Tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton talks about his connections to an earlier, submerged mainstream jazz "tradition" of the 1940s and ‘50s and speaks eloquently of the music that inspired him.
This doctoral thesis argues that division between jazz and rock is an artifact of journalistic discourse on the subject, making reference to leading journals such as Down Beat and Rolling Stone.
Barry Ulanov's liner notes to a recording by Lennie Tristano that also included Lee Konitz, Gene Ramey, and Art Taylor.
Ulanov explores the early career of the pianist/composer in order to ask what the roots of his prodigious talent may be.