Music and the Creative Spirit: Innovators in Jazz, Improvisation, and the Avant Garde

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Scarecrow Press, Jul 27, 2006 - Music - 368 pages
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Like most ground-breaking art forms, contemporary creative music is rarely understood or accepted in its own time, and for those reasons, can largely go unheard. Music and the Creative Spirit: Innovators in Jazz, Improvisation, and the Avant Garde aims to give today's brightest music innovators due recognition and respect, celebrating their work and creativity. Through personal interviews, artists such as Pat Metheny, Regina Carter, Joshua Redman, Fred Anderson, Dave Holland, Bill Frisell, David Murray, and John Zorn—to name just a few—offer clear, frank discussions about music, creativity, work, society, culture, current events, and more.

Author Lloyd Peterson has hand picked these artists specifically for their ability to express themselves through their own creative voices and transcend their art form through the strength of their own ingenious spirit. Their music eschews categorization, genre, or style, and the book necessarily takes a broader view of jazz, tapping into the inventive aspect that is difficult to describe or teach, and is rarely discussed. By allowing the innovators an opportunity to speak for themselves, readers are afforded a clearer sense of their attitudes and approaches, their ways of working, and their views of contemporary music and society.
 

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Contents

Fred Anderson
1
Derek Bailey
2
Joey Baron
9
Tim Berne
19
Peter Brotzmann
29
Regina Carter
34
Chicago Roundtable
43
Marilyn Crispell
56
Brad Mehldau
194
Myra Melford
200
Pat Metheny
207
Jason Moran
215
lkue Moran
215
David Murray
215
Paal NilssenLove
215
Greg Osby
221

Jack DeJohnette
66
Dave Douglas
75
Hamid Drake
86
Bill Frisell
93
Fred Frith
103
Annie Gostleld
109
Mats Gustafsson
112
Barry Guy
121
Dave Holland
132
Susie Ibarra
138
Eyvind Kang
140
Steve Lacy
146
George Lewis
148
Pat Martino
176
Christian McBride
185
Evan Parker
233
William Parker
243
Joshua Redman
252
Maria Schneider
261
Wadada Leo Smith
271
Ken Vandermark
279
Cuong Vu
293
David S Ware
297
Otomo Yoshihide
306
John Zorn
315
Pat Metheny Closing
317
Index
325
About the Author
333
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Lloyd Peterson is a contributor to Downbeat and Earshot magazines.

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