Digging: The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music

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Univ of California Press, Apr 20, 2010 - Music - 411 pages
For almost half a century, Amiri Baraka has ranked among the most important commentators on African American music and culture. In this brilliant assemblage of his writings on music, the first such collection in nearly twenty years, Baraka blends autobiography, history, musical analysis, and political commentary to recall the sounds, people, times, and places he's encountered. As in his earlier classics, Blues People and Black Music, Baraka offers essays on the famous—Max Roach, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane—and on those whose names are known mainly by jazz aficionados—Alan Shorter, Jon Jang, and Malachi Thompson. Baraka's literary style, with its deep roots in poetry, makes palpable his love and respect for his jazz musician friends. His energy and enthusiasm show us again how much Coltrane, Albert Ayler, and the others he lovingly considers mattered. He brings home to us how music itself matters, and how musicians carry and extend that knowledge from generation to generation, providing us, their listeners, with a sense of meaning and belonging.
 

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Poet, playwright, and music critic Baraka (Blues People: Negro Music in White America) delivers another critical work on America's classical music, jazz, in his almost lyrical style of writing ... Read full review

Contents

Photographs follow p 310
1
Miles Later
9
Rhythm
33
Blues Line
47
IO Jazz Criticism and Its Effect on the Music
72
Bruce Springsteen
86
I3 The International Business of Jazz and the Need
91
I4 Newarks Coast and the Hidden Legacy of Urban Culture
101
Wonderful Stevie 2 92
292
Abbey Lincoln
295
Jackie McLean John Hicks Hilton Ruiz Halim Suliman
304
Impulse Sampler Act on Impulse
313
Ralph Peterson
316
Andrew Cyrille Good to Go 3 18
318
Odean Pope Saxophone Choir Epitome 32 I
321
Ravi Coltrane Moving Pictures 32 3
323

I5 Black Music as a Force for Social Change Io 6
107
Classical American Music II 7
117
I9 Newarks Influence on American Music I2 4
124
O Ritual and Performance
133
Random Notes on the Last Decade
155
When Miles Split
166
David Murray Fo Deuk Revue
173
Why His Legacy Continues
192
Art Tatum
198
Max Roach at the Iridium
208
The Great Max Roach
214
The High Priest of BeBop 2 2 2
222
A Note
236
4O It Aint about You
240
4I You Ever Hear Albert Ayler? 2 42
242
Alberts Will
259
Sassy Was Definitely Not the Avon Lady
261
Fred
265
Fred Hopkinss Memorial
267
The Musics Great Spirit
270
Duke Was a Very Great Pianist
276
The Continuity of Americana
277
Don Pullen Leaves Us
280
5O Black History Month Rediscovers the Music in New York City
286
Black History Month Rediscovers the Music Part
289
6o Donal Fox and David Murray Ugly Beauty
326
6I Tyrone Jefferson Connections
331
James Moody
334
In the Tradition
338
Pharoah Sanders Shukuru
340
Don PullenGeorge Adams Quartet Breakthrough
344
Von and Chico Freeman Freeman and Freeman
349
Reggie Workman
356
Roscoe Mitchell and the Note Factory
360
7o Jimmy Scott But Beautiful
364
Malachi Thompson Talking Horns
366
The Nexus Orchestra Seize the Time
368
Three Fresh Ticklers
370
Rodney Kendrick Last Chance for Common Sense
373
Jazz Times Review Multiple Artists
375
More Young Bloods to the Rescue
378
Vijay Iyer Memorophilia
381
TriPactor If You Believe
384
Live Lessons
387
8o New York Art Quintet
394
8I Peter Brötzmann Nipples and Joe McPhee Nation Time
398
Jon Jang and David Murray River of Life
401
Trio Three Encounter
404
Jackie McComing and Going
407
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Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones) is a writer and critic, the poet laureate of New Jersey, and Professor Emeritus of the State University of New York, Stony Brook. His many books include Blues People, Black Music, and The Music.

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