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Black Music

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  157 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
In the essay “Jazz and the White Critic” LeRoi Jones observes: “Most jazz critics have been white Americans, but most important jazz musicians have not been.” In Black Music, his perceptive and provocative collection of articles, reviews, profiles, interviews, liner notes, and new essays, Jones has offered a remedy of sorts. In brilliant discussions of Billie Holiday, Thel ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 21st 1998 by Da Capo Press (first published November 30th 1966)
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Chris
Feb 22, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
From his perch in and above the Five Spot in the 50's and 60's, Baraka saw players like John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman take shape. This collection of jazz and cultural criticism from that time is sharp, passionate, and wry:

"His accents are from immediate emotional necessity rather than the sometimes hackneyed demands of a pre-stated meter, in which one cymbal is beat on coyly in the name of some fashionable soulforce."

Interviews with the vanguard of the New Music are insightful, as Baraka giv
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Josh Sinton
Jan 31, 2008 Josh Sinton rated it really liked it
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Indispensable for students of American music. Amiri Baraka is one of the grand deans of music and cultural criticism. This book presents a sizable swath of his writings from the late 50's through the early 70's. While his prose can get a little 'purple,' it's far more readable than many others mining the same area. It's a highly useful text when discussing the current culture wars in American music.
Lauren
Strong, mostly short essays, especially those that point out the failures of jazz criticism. Built for those who already have a solid foundation in jazz musicians/history.
Omar
Aug 29, 2014 Omar rated it really liked it
Gran libro sobre música, raza y política. Una adecuada manera de recuperar el legado musical más importante del siglo xx
patty
Apr 25, 2015 patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DIG THIS !!! What can I say that others haven't already said about this book? A must-read for any fan of bebop jazz.
Esteban
Los ensayos sobre jazz funcionan mejor como artículos de referencia. En vez de leerlos de un tirón conviene ir leyéndolos cada vez que uno tenga suficiente tiempo y ganas para prestarle atención a algún disco o músico en particular. El penúltimo es una reivindicación del R&B como expresión pura de la "nación negra". El hecho de que se trate del género musical estadounidense menos prestigiado por las audiencias blancas en EEUU y en el resto del mundo compensa la ira y la sorna con la que Bara ...more
Graham
Mar 15, 2016 Graham rated it it was amazing
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As someone who knows little about music and even less about jazz, this book was still amazingly engaging and accessible. Was really surprised by just how fun and joyous the writing was. Highly recommend if you want a portrait of the black music scene in NYC in the '50s and '60s.
Andrew
Aug 03, 2014 Andrew rated it it was ok
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The discography is pure gold. Profiles of Archie Shepp, Wayne Shorter, and Don Cherry are excellent. Mostly though, this struck me as too negative and ideological.
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Baraka was born Everett LeRoy Jones in Newark, New Jersey, where he attended Barringer High School. His father, Coyt Leverette Jones, worked as a postal supervisor and lift operator. His mother, Anna Lois (née Russ), was a social worker. In 1967 he adopted the African name Imamu Amear Baraka, which he later changed to Amiri Baraka.

The Universities where he studied were Rutgers, Columbia, and Howar
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