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Black Music

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Jones has learnedand this has been very rare in jazz criticismto write about music as an artist."Nat Hentoff ks
Black Music is a book about the brilliant young jazz musicians of the early 1960s: John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Sun Ra, and others. It is composed of essays, reviews, interviews, liner notes, musical an
ebook, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Akashic Books (first published November 30th 1966)
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Feb 22, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Jan 31, 2008 Josh Sinton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
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.
Aug 29, 2014 Omar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gran libro sobre música, raza y política. Una adecuada manera de recuperar el legado musical más importante del siglo xx
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.
Apr 19, 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.
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
Mar 12, 2016 Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: subject-nonfic
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.
May 21, 2014 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, jazz, music
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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