Overview

"Jones has learned—and this has been very rare in jazz criticism—to 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 analyses, and personal impressions from 1959–1967. Also includes Amiri...
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Black Music

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Overview

"Jones has learned—and this has been very rare in jazz criticism—to 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 analyses, and personal impressions from 1959–1967. Also includes Amiri Baraka's reflections in a 2009 interview with Calvin Reid of Publishers Weekly.

LeRoi Jones (now known as Amiri Baraka) is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He was named Poet Laureate of New Jersey from 2002 to 2004 by the New Jersey Commission on Humanities. His most recent book, Tales of the Out & the Gone (Akashic Books, 2007), was a New York Times Editors' Choice and winner of a PEN/Beyond Margins Award. He lives in Newark, New Jersey.
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Editorial Reviews

Stanley Dance
...[S]till has an immediacy from the fact that its author was listening to the "new music" in clubs and talking to the musicians.
JazzTimes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936070725
  • Publisher: Akashic Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: AkashiClassics: Renegade Reprint Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,209,873
  • File size: 317 KB

Meet the Author

LeRoi Jones (now known as Amiri Baraka) is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He was named Poet Laureate of New Jersey by the N.J. Commission on Humanities, from 2002-2004. His last two books of poetry, Somebody Blew Up America & Other Poems and Un Poco Low Coup received tremendous critical acclaim.
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Table of Contents

1963 - Jazz and the White Critic 11
1962 - Minton's 21
1962 - Dark Lady of the Sonnets 25
1963 - Recent Monk 26
1963 - Three Ways to Play the Saxophone 35
1963 - A Day With Roy Haynes 42
1964 - Sonny Rollins (Our Man in Jazz) 52
1963 - A Jazz Great: John Coltrane 56
1964 - Coltrane Live at Birdland 63
1961 - The Jazz Avant-grade 69
1959 - Introducing Wayne Shorter 81
1963 - Introducing Dennis Charles 87
1963 - New York Loft and Coffee Shop Jazz 92
1962 - Introducing Bobby Bradford 99
1962 - Present Perfect (Cecil Taylor) 104
1962 - Cecil Taylor (The World of Cecil Taylor) 110
1964 - Apple Cores # 1 113
1965 - Apple Cores #2 121
1966 - Apple Cores #3 126
1966 - Apple Cores #4 132
1966 - Apple Cores #5 - The Burton Greene Affair 136
1966 - Apple Cores #6 140
1965 - New Tenor Archie Shepp Talking 145
1965 - Four for Trane (Archie Shepp) 156
1963 - Don Cherry 162
1965 - New Black Music: A Concert in Benefit of The Black Arts Repertory Theatre/School Live 172
1967 - Sonny's Time Now (Sonny Murray) 177
1966 - The Changing Same (R&B and New Black Music) 180
A Brief Discography of New Music 213
Index 215
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