Bebop and Nothingness: Jazz and Bebop at the End of the Century

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Jazz is more popular than it has been for quite a while, but -- according to author Francis Davis -- that popularity has come at a cost. Jazz has become identified with its past, especially bebop, the style that began as a daring departure from convention but has since become the required language for all musicians. Davis prefers artists who push at the avant-garde edges, who refuse to accept the status quo. This collection of his influential writings again focuses on these hard-to-categorize heroes, ranging from...
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Overview

Jazz is more popular than it has been for quite a while, but -- according to author Francis Davis -- that popularity has come at a cost. Jazz has become identified with its past, especially bebop, the style that began as a daring departure from convention but has since become the required language for all musicians. Davis prefers artists who push at the avant-garde edges, who refuse to accept the status quo. This collection of his influential writings again focuses on these hard-to-categorize heroes, ranging from mainstream stars like Miles Davis to lesser-known heroes.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780825671623
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/1996
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Mainstreams
Better with Age 3
Old Man with a Horn 11
Pres and His Discontents 19
Bebop and Nothingness 27
Cause of Death: Jazz 36
Miles Agonistes 40
Philly Guy 47
Silver Minus One 55
Apple Pie 60
Jazz Rep, Continued 65
Fringes
Cat Clubbing 75
Old and New Gospel 80
Groovy 88
Tristanoitis 92
Anthony Braxton, All American 97
Color, Rhythm, Design 101
Well-Tempered 106
"This Is Not Jazz!" 113
White Anglo-Saxon Pythagorean 121
The Come-from-Behind Guy 135
Out There 144
Mischief
Sun Ra, Himself 157
Dog Wild 165
Bagels and Dreadlocks 171
"Zorn" for "Anger" 182
For Aesthetes of All Ages 191
Les Paul Standard, Rebuilt 198
Words and Music
Real Stuff in Life to Cling to 209
Rosie 217
The Song's the Thing 222
A Bit Much 227
Full of Foolish Song 232
Infection 245
Talking Kerouac 257
Toons 263
Black Skin, Black Masks 273
Index 285
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